The Short Version

RICHARD DRESSER’S plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. They include ROUNDING THIRD, which started in Chicago, appeared off-Broadway and has had hundreds of productions.  It was recently made into a film starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt for release in 2016.  BELOW THE BELT and GUN-SHY, both started at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving off-Broadway.  BELOW THE BELT was made into the film  “Human Error” directed by Robert M. Young which appeared at Sundance.  His trilogy of plays about happiness in America includes AUGUSTA (working class), THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (middle class), and A VIEW OF THE HARBOR (upper class).  Other plays are:  THE LAST DAYS OF MICKEY & JEAN, SOMETHING IN THE AIR, THE DOWNSIDE, ALONE AT THE BEACH, WONDERFUL WORLD, and BETTER DAYS, plus many short plays.  A new play, TROUBLE COMETH,  about two executives locked in an existential struggle against an impossible deadline premiered at the San Francisco Playhouse in the spring of 2015 and another new play, CLOSURE, premiered in the summer at New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, starring Wendie Malick and Gary Cole.  Other projects include the book for a musical, JOHNNY BASEBALL (lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale), about the Curse of the Red Sox, which premiered at A.R.T. in Cambridge, and moved on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  A new bluegrass ghost musical, THE HOLLER (also with the Reale brothers) was  workshopped at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.   He recently finished “PUBLIC SPEAKING:  Three short films starring Treat Williams.”  He has also worked extensively in television.  He created the web series “Life Coach” for AMC starring Cheri Oteri.  He is a former member of New Dramatists and twice attended the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.  He currently teaches at Rutgers and is on the board of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops with veterans and caregivers among other groups. Full Bio