Wendy Graf

Wendy Graf

Wendy Graf is a multi awardwinning playwright whose plays have been produced throughout the country. Recent plays include: PLEASE DON’T ASK ABOUT BECKET (prod 7-9/16 "Graf’s emotionally astute drama peels away layers of pathology with surgical skill”-Los Angeles Times); ALL AMERICAN GIRL (Stage Raw Recommended Top Ten/2015 nom Playwriting and Solo performance; LA Times Pick of the Week; LA Weekly “GO!”...
Wendy Graf is a multi awardwinning playwright whose plays have been produced throughout the country. Recent plays include: PLEASE DON’T ASK ABOUT BECKET (prod 7-9/16 "Graf’s emotionally astute drama peels away layers of pathology with surgical skill”-Los Angeles Times); ALL AMERICAN GIRL (Stage Raw Recommended Top Ten/2015 nom Playwriting and Solo performance; LA Times Pick of the Week; LA Weekly “GO!” StageSceneLA 2015 Outstanding Solo Performance Production; Bitter Lemons 2015 Ten Best); BEST OF 2015 BITTER LEMONS); (CLOSELY RELATED KEYS (dir by Shirley Jo Finney, NAACP awards/noms); NO WORD IN GUYANESE FOR ME (2012 GLAAD Award Outstanding L.A. Theater); BEHIND THE GATES; LESSONS (L.A. production dir by Gordon Davidson); LEIPZIG (LA Drama Critics Circle awards and nominations/Writing and Lead Performance; Garland awards Playwriting and Lead Performance; Dorothy Silver finalist; THE BOOK OF ESTHER (San Fernando Valley Artistic Directors nominations including Best Play; ASK Theater Projects Grant Award); BETHANY/BAKOL (Attic Theater One Act Winner, produced September 2009); THE CROSS AND THE SABER; SHANGHAI GHETTO; L.A. TALES; ZENO’S PARADOX; and her 2 newest, PLEASE DON'T ASK ABOUT BECKETT and A SHONDA. Recent award winning one acts: SOPHIE/ALEXANDER/LISBOA; ASHES TO ASHES; A HOLLYWOOD FABLE; LESTER AND SCHLOSS; REPORTS OF MY DEATH HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGERRATED

Plays

  • Unemployed Elephants - A Love Story
    A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk. And maybe love.
  • Please Don't Ask About Becket
    When Emily Diamond dreams of her twin Beckett, who disappeared many years before, she attempts to unravel the mystery of what happened to Beckett and to her family. Do all members of a family remember the events differently? Do they all write their own narrative as to what really happened? What is real and what is rewritten in the minds of the survivors? Can parents love a child too much? Can a family ever...
    When Emily Diamond dreams of her twin Beckett, who disappeared many years before, she attempts to unravel the mystery of what happened to Beckett and to her family. Do all members of a family remember the events differently? Do they all write their own narrative as to what really happened? What is real and what is rewritten in the minds of the survivors? Can parents love a child too much? Can a family ever really come to grips with its painful past? Can a person ever really make the journey to selfhood without breaking with the family that holds them tightly in their throes? These are the questions asked in Please Don't Ask About Beckett, a Memory Play and deeply felt family drama.
  • All American Girl
    Activist or terrorist? All American Girl, a solo play where the actress plays 16 different characters, is an extremely timely piece in this age of domestic and international terrorism. It follows the compelling story of Katie Mason, an “ all American Girl”, as she journeys from innocent youth to political/religious extremist, passionately pursuing her ideals despite growing fears and doubts. From a normal...
    Activist or terrorist? All American Girl, a solo play where the actress plays 16 different characters, is an extremely timely piece in this age of domestic and international terrorism. It follows the compelling story of Katie Mason, an “ all American Girl”, as she journeys from innocent youth to political/religious extremist, passionately pursuing her ideals despite growing fears and doubts. From a normal childhood in Middle Class Boston to her adolescence in New York City, from her meeting and marriage to a Muslim Indian immigrant and conversion to Islam, Katie struggles to come to terms with her devotion to faith, the confusions of an extreme culture clash, and her desperate need to do something meaningful with her life. All American Girl begs an answer to the bigger question: is violence ever justified?
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-American-Girl-a-play/939890266037492
  • Closely Related Keys
    An African-American attorney with a successful career discovers she has an Iraqi half-sister she never knew about in award-winning playwright Wendy Graf's latest work. This hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures stars L.A Weekly and NAACP Award-winner Diarra Kilpatrick as up-and-coming corporate attorney Julie Dolan, whose carefully constructed life begins to crumble when she meets...
    An African-American attorney with a successful career discovers she has an Iraqi half-sister she never knew about in award-winning playwright Wendy Graf's latest work. This hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures stars L.A Weekly and NAACP Award-winner Diarra Kilpatrick as up-and-coming corporate attorney Julie Dolan, whose carefully constructed life begins to crumble when she meets her half-sister Neyla. Neyla, a violinist, has fled Iraq to audition for Julliard, but Julie suspects there is more to her story. Graf's fresh spin on racial relations gives each of its characters their own voice and point of view as they navigate in a world that has become interconnected and multicultural on every level.
    Production history, reviews and photos: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Closely-Related-Keys/148345098705675
  • No Word in Guyanese For Me
    In this 2012 GLAAD award winning solo play, a gay Muslim struggles to reconcile her faith and her sexuality.

    Play is published and available through Original Works Publishing www.originalworksonline.com
    Production history, reviews, photos at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Word-in-Guyanese-For-Me/122253521181328
  • Behind The Gates
    A parent's worst nightmare... In Wendy Graf's gripping mystery, 17-year old Bethany disappears while on a school trip to Israel. As her parents feverishly search throughout Jerusalem for their daughter, they find themselves lost in a hidden world where ancient and modern collide, conflicting cultures and politics clash, and extreme orthodoxies and passionate feelings of nationalism try to coexist...
    A parent's worst nightmare... In Wendy Graf's gripping mystery, 17-year old Bethany disappears while on a school trip to Israel. As her parents feverishly search throughout Jerusalem for their daughter, they find themselves lost in a hidden world where ancient and modern collide, conflicting cultures and politics clash, and extreme orthodoxies and passionate feelings of nationalism try to coexist while growing more volatile with each passing day. (Note: some roles may be double cast) Multiply produced, photos and reviews can be found : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Behind-The-Gates/216015652690
  • Leipzig
    Multiple award winning LEIPZIG explores the journey of a three-member Irish Catholic Boston family when the mother descends into Alzheimer's and begins praying in Hebrew, unwittingly revealing her long-held secret that she is Jewish, a child refugee of the Holocaust. Past and present collide in a psychological homecoming that raises deep and ultimately moving questions about identity. The play is a...
    Multiple award winning LEIPZIG explores the journey of a three-member Irish Catholic Boston family when the mother descends into Alzheimer's and begins praying in Hebrew, unwittingly revealing her long-held secret that she is Jewish, a child refugee of the Holocaust. Past and present collide in a psychological homecoming that raises deep and ultimately moving questions about identity. The play is a beautiful exploration of religious identity, loyalty, parental bonds and attendant feelings of safety or threat. It is a plea for inclusion at a time of fear and religious polarization.
  • Lessons
    Multiply produced LESSONS: A rabbi who has lost her faith and a man searching for it. He convinces the rabbi to help him study so he can have a bar mitzvah. The two characters forge a friendship as they each search for healing and forgiveness while wrestling with their own deep-rooted problems.
    "A blend of wit and wisdom, "Lessons" questions, amuses and beguiles. Graf is in the long...
    Multiply produced LESSONS: A rabbi who has lost her faith and a man searching for it. He convinces the rabbi to help him study so he can have a bar mitzvah. The two characters forge a friendship as they each search for healing and forgiveness while wrestling with their own deep-rooted problems.
    "A blend of wit and wisdom, "Lessons" questions, amuses and beguiles. Graf is in the long tradition of Jewish writers that include Neil Simon.
    And, very much like Simon, she mixes the angst in our lives with an overlay of humor that is both touching and tender." - Ed Kauffman, Hollywood Reporter
    "This quest for faith---in his case, a faith he's never had, and in hers a faith that she's forsaken---is a poignant plea that touches everyone," - KABC Radio
  • The Book of Esther
    A Comedic Look at Jewish Assimilation in America
  • A Shonda
    Guy walks into a bar....Two completely disparate strangers-a local barkeep and a Hasidic Jew- meet one late night in a barbeque joint off the highway outside of Memphis. Do they know each other or not? What is their game?
    A Hasidic Jew and a Southern Baptist struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexuality.
  • Exit Wounds
    What do you do with the rest of your life, when your brother/son has committed a horrific act of a school shooting? How does the fallout affect the family of the shooter years later? Can they ever live a normal life again? Is it like dropping a pebble in a brook and watching the subsequent concentric circles grow, with lifelong affects? Does one generation, never able to explain the act, hold onto their own...
    What do you do with the rest of your life, when your brother/son has committed a horrific act of a school shooting? How does the fallout affect the family of the shooter years later? Can they ever live a normal life again? Is it like dropping a pebble in a brook and watching the subsequent concentric circles grow, with lifelong affects? Does one generation, never able to explain the act, hold onto their own guilt, afraid that they might miss the signs again? Do they actually see qualities of the troubled shooter in someone in the next generation, or are they projecting in hopes of early identification? Does the past dictate the present, unlocking the future? These are some of the questions asked in Exit Wounds, about three generations attempting to come to terms with their painful past.
  • Exit Wounds
    What do you do with the rest of your life, when your brother/son has committed a horrific act of a school shooting? How does the fallout affect the family of the shooter years later? Can they ever live a normal life again? Is it like dropping a pebble in a brook and watching the subsequent concentric circles grow, with lifelong affects? Does one generation, never able to explain the act, hold onto their own...
    What do you do with the rest of your life, when your brother/son has committed a horrific act of a school shooting? How does the fallout affect the family of the shooter years later? Can they ever live a normal life again? Is it like dropping a pebble in a brook and watching the subsequent concentric circles grow, with lifelong affects? Does one generation, never able to explain the act, hold onto their own guilt, afraid that they might miss the signs again? Do they actually see qualities of the troubled shooter in someone in the next generation, or are they projecting in hopes of early identification? Does the past dictate the present, unlocking the future? These are some of the questions asked in Exit Wounds, about three generations attempting to come to terms with their painful past.
  • No Word in Guyanese For Me Post election One Act
    How the election of Donald Trump has affected a young, gay Muslim immigrant woman
  • 54%
    54% refers to the 54% of women that voted for Trump. 54% is a protest play about Women's rights.