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Leah Napolin

Leah Napolin

Leah Napolin made her Broadway playwrighting debut in 1975 with Yentl, adapted from a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer and since performed widely here and abroad. In 2013 the play was revised and songs in the musical genres of folk, rock, bluegrass and klezmer added by the singer-songwriter Jill Sobule. In addition to essays and articles, other work for the theater include plays Lost Island (about monks and nuns in the eleventh century), Aristophanes’ Retreat, The Dogs of Pripyat (a nuclear fable for adults); short and very short plays Trash and Treasures, Dear Leader, Yes or No, Trooper John, Dear Life and The Happy Journey Redux (an homage to Thornton Wilder); prose works Joined (a meditation on mother-daughter bonding and bereavement), War Baby 1935-1950 (an illustrated memoir), and Split at the Root, a Novel in Three Acts (a coming-of-age saga combining both literary narration and theatrical expression, set in the mid-twentieth century deep South.) Before these ventures, the author worked for an anthropological research foundation, taught music at a private school in Venezuela, Comparative Literature at Ohio State University, founded a program in creative writing for the inmates of the Ohio Reformatory for Women, and was Associate Editor at Choice Magazine Listening. an audio anthology of articles, poems and short stories for visually-impaired subscribers. She has also acted in summer stock, and raised two daughters. Ms. Napolin is a member of P.E.N. and the Dramatists Guild, and winner of the 2004 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award for The Dogs of Pripyat. She lives and works in Sea Cliff, New York, and spends part of her winters in New Orleans.


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