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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 2018.  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.  Recent plays include TROUBLE COMETH,  about two executives locked in an existential struggle against an impossible deadline which premiered at the San Francisco Playhouse and  CLOSURE, which premiered at New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, starring Wendie Malick and Gary Cole.  WOLF AT THE DOOR appeared at Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend Washington.  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.   Also  “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 Columbia and is President  of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops all over the country with veterans, caregivers, exonerated death row prisoners, and DREAMERS  among other groups. Full Bio