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Ron Hirsen

Ron Hirsen, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, has worked professionally in Chicago as both director and actor, appearing in productions at Wisdom Bridge, Court Theatre, and Northlight Theatre.  His early plays had readings at Wisdom Bridge and the Goodman Theatre.  Elegy had readings at the Jewish Repertory Theatre in New York, before receiving its premiere production at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia in 2002. It was produced again at the Victory Gardens Biograph in Chicago in 1913, under the direction of Dennis Zacek.  The Frugal Repast, developed at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 2004, received its premiere production at the Abingdon Theatre in New York in 2007 and again at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in West Virginia in 2012.  As part of its annual O’Neill celebration, The O’Neill presented a reading in 2005 of Mr. Hirsen’s Gene, a one-act play intended as a companion piece to Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie. Land Where My Fathers Died received the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award for 2008 was awarded the 2012 Dionysos Cup by Chicago’s Polarity Ensemble Theatre.  The Well-Tempered Clavier had a staged reading in 2008 at Chicago Dramatists and at the Abingdon in New York in 2011 and was chosen as a finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award.  Twelve, originally developed at Chicago Dramatists, received a staged reading there in 2009. Other plays include The Incurable Insomnia of Joey Kinderman, Murder at Widow Bull’s, and The Interpretation of Dreams.  Mr. Hirsen is a member of The Dramatists Guild and a former member of Actors’ Equity. He is represented by Elaine Devlin Literary in New York.

 


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