STEPHEN SACHS (Director) is an award-winning director and playwright. He co-founded The Fountain Theatre with Deborah Lawlor in 1990. He directed the World Premiere of Exits and Entrances for 2004 (recently honored with 3 L.A. Ovation Awards, including Best Director), and the Los Angeles premiere of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca. Sachs recently directed his own play, Sweet Nothing in my Ear at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis where it was honored as one of the city's Top Ten Productions of the Year. He's won many Los Angeles theater awards for directing such plays as The Men From the Boys (Mart Crowley's sequel to The Boys in the Band), After the Fall (four L.A. Ovation Awards including Best Production of the Year and Best Director), the Los Angeles premiere of Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet (starring Philip Anglim), the L.A. premiere of Robert Brustein's adaptation of The Seagull (starring Salome Jens, Philip Baker Hall and Bud Cort), the celebrated 20th Anniversary production of The Boys in the Band, the West Coast premiere of Romulus Linney's Unchanging Love, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 'night Mother, Ashes, Duet for One, among many others. As a playwright, Sachs wrote the smash hit Central Avenue, which enjoyed an 8-month sold-out run at the Fountain, won the Back Stage West Garland Award for Best Play, and was a Finalist for the PEN West Literary Award for Drama. His play Sweet Nothing in my Ear was honored as a PEN West Literary Award for Drama Finalist, won the California Governor's Media Access Award, has been published by Dramatic Publishing, and is now being performed around the country and has been optioned as a film. His other plays are Mother's Day (Back Stage West Garland Award Honorable Mention for Playwriting), The Golden Gate (Drama-Logue Award, Best Play), and The Baron in the Trees (adapted from the Italo Calvino novel). Upcoming projects: he will direct his own adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie for the Fountain, and will direct Edward Albee's The Goat at Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara in 2005. As a playwright, his newest play, Open Window, commissioned by Deaf West Theatre, is scheduled to open at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2005.

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