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Gary Richards
Gary Richards

Gary Richards

Gary Richards is a director, actor, producer, and teacher as well as a writer. His plays include The Root (five Drama-Logue Awards, four Carbonell nominations), Children at Play, Scrambled Eggs, Slambook, Social Studies, Dividends (with Fyvush Finkel and Reizl Bozyk), Stag, Shiva, Tropical Depression, Second Summer (Best Play Award, Colleagues Theatre Company), Two Piece, A Chip in Time, and Somebody’s Somebody. He also has several one-act plays to his credit. Several of his plays are published by Samuel French. His screenplays include In Scoring Position, The Root, Beating Hearts, Doin’ Time, Two Regular Guys, Butch and Kiki, Garage Band, The Other Shoe, Mista, Second Summer, The Feygellah, Thunder From Sunny Skies, Never Up-Never In, The Florida Room, Continuing Ed, Two Moms and a Baby (co-written with Jean Mills), Scrambled Eggs (co-written with Robin Amos Kahn), and To Go, co-written with Timothy Devlin. As the Managing Producer of the Actors Studio Free Theatre, he, along with Arthur Penn, has produced many world and New York City premieres, including Larry Gelbart's Power Failure (dir. Arthur Penn), Marsha Norman's Trudy Blue (starring Judith Ivey), Awake and Sing! (with Anne Jackson), Eve Ensler's Lemonade, Peter Nicols's Passion Play, and Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (dir. by Arthur Penn). He also produced When Cuba Opens Up (with Burt Young), Cornelius Eady and Dierdre Murray's Running Man, Marina Carr's Portia Coughlan, Migdalia Cruz's Salt (dir. Loretta Greco), Lighting Up the Two-Year-Old, Elektra, and The Woodsman. As an actor, Mr. Richards has appeared off-Broadway in several productions including the New York City premiere of Catch-22, the world premiere of Lies My Father Told Me, Play It Again Sam, My Three Angels, and Ladies In Retirement. Mr. Richards is currently on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts where he teaches screenwriting, creative writing, and story telling. He is also on the faculty of Borough of Manhattan Community College where he teaches composition. He lives with his wife, children’s book author/illustrator, Karen Katz, and their daughter, Lena, in New York City and Saugerties, N.Y.

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