Don Fried — Playwright & Author

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Mia Zara PhotoThe response to Second Skin Theatre’s production of Blood Privilege in London has been absolutely amazing.

“Sexy cast, great scripting, and a brilliantly gothic venue. It finishes on 14 April so be quick (we saw it on Saturday and loved it).” Bizarre Magazine

“Second Skin is a regular on these pages. More so because the company’s plays are so carefully chosen, masterfully written and even better brought to life by their actors.”  “This play, masterfully directed by Andy McQuade and written by Don Fried, brings this story to the stage with a magnificent cast. Mia Zara makes for an amazing Countess Bathory.”  Theatre in London

“Second Skin Theatre continue their challenging and provocative work with a new play by Don Fried. ”  “Mia Zara absolutely dominates the evening as the charismatic and mysterious Elizabeth Bathory.” “The production is fast paced and atmospheric. We are drawn into a different world – forbidding and ominous. The lighting design (Anna Sbokou) adds to the otherworldliness, especially in the bookend scenes. Don’t miss this provocative play!”  UK Theatre Network

Mia Zara Photo 2“Don Fried gives us a clever and intelligent woman, an efficient operator and a prototype feminist battling against male and royal control.” “This is a picture of the way someone can be schooled into transgression, of how the law can be followed and yet manipulated, and how power can be concentrated in an elite, none of which has been limited to sixteenth-century Transylvania. Mia Zara’s Countess Elizabeth goes from oestrogen-driven girl to manipulative woman; when she is on stage things revolve around her.” “There is a layer of ironic humour that lies beneath much of McQuade’s production and Fried’s writing.” British Theatre Guide

“Fringe company Second Skin Theatre continue their run of theatrical hits with this chilling look at Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian Countess accused of murdering over 600 women.  The superb script by Don Fried deftly combines elements of horror, sex and political intrigue combined with a knowing tongue-in-cheek humour that never threatens to descend into parody.  On a technical level, it’s flawless with brilliant use of set and lighting effects maintaining an atmosphere of impending doom. It’s cast with a powerful ensemble who nail their various characters, most notably George Collie as Sigray who gives his initially bumbling character an unexpected sympathetic edge.  Centre of the whole play is the entrancing Mia Zara as Bathory, who delivers a complex and seductive performance.  She charts the character’s progress from naive young girl to crazed Countess with a flawless precision.  Her final moments on stage are a beautifully poetic touch. For theatre that chills, entices and tickles the brain cells “Blood Privilege” comes highly recommended.” Write Out Loud

“Chilling and atmospheric.” “Excellent use of the tiny black box theatre.” “Lighting … brilliantly done.” “Ross Mullan [as the king] mesmerizes.” “Mia Zara is also spellbinding as the murderous countess.” “George Collie [as the judge, Lorand Sigray] gave a great comedic performance.” “Second Skin Theatre is one of the few companies in London doing such intriguing work and the risks they are taking on stage are duly noted.”  Hackney Hive

I heard yesterday that my “Postville” play was selected as one of the winners in the 2009 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region playwrighting competition.  The competition was open to writers from the 23 states west of the Mississippi River.  During the Showcase (some time from August 5th – 8th), “Postville” will have a staged reading at the Curious Theatre in Denver.

The award is certainly comforting after the flagellation I got from the activists and superannuated playwriting professors at the reading at StageWest in Des Moines.  From the audience reaction I knew the play was better than that, but it’s still nice to get some recognition like this.

The other good news is that “Shakespeare Incorporated” is going to be produced in London, either this Autumn or early next Spring.

Last summer, when “(Not) At Home” was being produced at the Boulder International Fringe Festival, the Fringe folks contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to house some out-of-town artists.  I looked at the list and noticed that some of them were from the U.K.  Maybe I’ll make a contact that will help in marketing my work in the U.K, I thought.  So I agreed to house a Brit.

Sure enough, I made contact with Andy McQuade, a wonderful actor and the Artistic Director of the Second Skin Theatre Company in London.  I gave him a copy of “Shakespeare Incorporated,” and he loved it.  About 6 weeks ago he contacted me, and we’ve signed a deal for him to produce “SI” in London.  He’s looking for a suitable theater venue now.  I’ll post more when things are finalized.

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

In case you didn’t recognize it, this is my happy face.smileyface