RICHARD DRESSER (Playwright) Richard Dresser's seventeen published plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. 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: Rounding Third, which started in Chicago and appeared off-Broadway and has had hundreds of productions. Below The Belt and Gun-Shy, both started at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving off-Broadway. Also, Something In The Air, The Downside, Alone At The Beach, Wonderful World, and Better Days, plus many short plays. 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 in July 2013 where it set a box office record. His play The Last Days Of Mickey & Jean, about a notorious Boston gangster in early retirement, has had a number of regional productions. A new play, Trouble Cometh, about two executives locked in an existential struggle against an impossible deadline will premiere at the San Francisco Playhouse in the spring. Another new play, Closure, will premiere this season at New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch. His most recent play, 100 Years, appeared in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab reading series last July. A new bluegrass ghost musical, The Holler (also with the Reale brothers) was work-shopped in August at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His short play Love, Dad was in the Boston Theatre Marathon this spring and another short piece, Halftime premiered in June in Miami at City Theatre's Summer Shorts. 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.

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