Ross Howard

Ross Howard

Ross Howard's work has been seen in London (Theatre 503, Old Vic Tunnels, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Riverside Studios, Menier Gallery, Old Red Lion, Park Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Canal Cafe Theatre, Southwark Playhouse), Cork (Cork Arts Centre), Las Vegas (Onyx Theatre, Las Vegas Little Theatre, Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Minneapolis (Pillsbury House Theatre), San Francisco (The Phoenix Theatre),...
Ross Howard's work has been seen in London (Theatre 503, Old Vic Tunnels, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Riverside Studios, Menier Gallery, Old Red Lion, Park Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Canal Cafe Theatre, Southwark Playhouse), Cork (Cork Arts Centre), Las Vegas (Onyx Theatre, Las Vegas Little Theatre, Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Minneapolis (Pillsbury House Theatre), San Francisco (The Phoenix Theatre), New York City (Cherry Lane Theatre, Theatre Row, Access Theater and Urban Stages) and developed at Last Frontier Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference and at Western Carolina University. In 2002, he was invited to join the Royal Court Theatre Young Writer's Group. In 2008, he received a Playwright Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. ARTHUR AND ESTHER was awarded “Best of Fringe” at Las Vegas Fringe Festival 2010 while NO ONE LOVES US HERE was a finalist for the New York Stage and Film Founders Award 2012. FRISKY & THE PANDA MAN was a winning finalist in the 38th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in 2013 and PICTURE OURSELVES IN LATVIA was listed in New York's L Magazine's "Best of Theater 2014". ARTHUR AND ESTHER, NO ONE LOVES US HERE, PICTURE OURSELVES IN LATVIA and his evening of short plays OUR WALK THROUGH THE WORLD are published by Samuel French. In October 2016, his play TWO OF US (Listed as one of the 5 Out-of-the Box shows to see Off-Broadway from Playbill.com) showcased Off-Broadway, alongside ARTHUR AND ESTHER and OUR WALK THROUGH THE WORLD. THE ROSS HOWARD FESTIVAL was in recognition for the three years spent as the Resident Playwright of New Light Theater Project (As featured in American Theatre Magazine in "Know a Theatre") of New York. He regularly tutors at the Actor’s Centre in London, the city in which he currently resides. He holds an M.F.A in Playwriting from UNLV (2006) and is a member of New Play Exchange and The Finborough Theatre’s Writers Group. In April 2018, his new play THE AMAZING ALWAYS received a public reading at The Drama Book Shop in New York. Excerpts from NO ONE LOVES US HERE can be found in THE BEST MEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2018 published by Smith and Kraus. TWO OF US was published in November 2018 by Samuel French.

Plays

  • The Amazing Always
    When you are in the game of America’s Game and your family own a team, you already have a golden ticket to one of the nation’s most exclusive clubs. But through three generations, the Always have been a house divided. The Amazing Always is a dark and haunting family epic spanning 40 years, around the intrigue and the occult of Pro Football.
  • She's Like a Rainbow
    A conservative self-help women’s podcast out of Indiana divides two sisters in England. When online alternative thinking manifests into the rise of a movement, its cult leader in America is confronted and the survival of a family hangs in the balance.
  • Two of Us
    Listed as one of the 5 Out-of-the Box shows to see Off-Broadway from Playbill, TWO OF US, flashes between Honolulu and New York City, shining a spotlight on the lives of He and She and the social and domestic pressures leading to the destructive act of He assassinating John Lennon in December 1980. A showdown between the real and the fantastic, through a haunting cast of characters, Two of Us is a mind-bending...
    Listed as one of the 5 Out-of-the Box shows to see Off-Broadway from Playbill, TWO OF US, flashes between Honolulu and New York City, shining a spotlight on the lives of He and She and the social and domestic pressures leading to the destructive act of He assassinating John Lennon in December 1980. A showdown between the real and the fantastic, through a haunting cast of characters, Two of Us is a mind-bending parable of contemporary relevance speaking to gender expectations, celebrity culture and gun violence.
  • No One Loves Us Here
    Central Valley, California. When Washington, a young Native American, is invited to stay in the Beaumont guest house, both Mr. and Mrs. Beaumont use Washington to make arrangements that will help them escape their unhappiness. But when Washington begins to fall in love with Mrs. Beaumont, he manipulates the household occupants and pins family against family. A contest for territory, No One Loves Us Here is a...
    Central Valley, California. When Washington, a young Native American, is invited to stay in the Beaumont guest house, both Mr. and Mrs. Beaumont use Washington to make arrangements that will help them escape their unhappiness. But when Washington begins to fall in love with Mrs. Beaumont, he manipulates the household occupants and pins family against family. A contest for territory, No One Loves Us Here is a black comic portrait of love and obsession, the aspiration of displaced youth and a crumbling white collar class.





  • Arthur and Esther (US version)
    Arthur wrestles with the methods set out in Montgomery Swank’s "28 Ways to Terminate Your Existence and Questions You May Have", the one book he has salvaged from the closure of his beloved library. In the wake of her own death, his wife Esther reconciles the ghosts of the past with a hope for the future. A play of two worlds. This elemental and affecting two-hander explores love, its loss, and the...
    Arthur wrestles with the methods set out in Montgomery Swank’s "28 Ways to Terminate Your Existence and Questions You May Have", the one book he has salvaged from the closure of his beloved library. In the wake of her own death, his wife Esther reconciles the ghosts of the past with a hope for the future. A play of two worlds. This elemental and affecting two-hander explores love, its loss, and the lives we inherit and impose on others.

  • A Funhouse of Mirrors
    Intimacy can lead to distortion. Six people. Familiar environments transformed by laughs, silences, touches, and glances. Attraction caught up in manipulation. The said and the unsaid are pieces in a puzzle. An immersive experience in the obsessive games that can rule us.
  • Our Walk Through The World
    Our Walk Through The World is a collection of six short plays examining the absurdities, tragedies and small triumphs of modern life. In Tilly (An Introduction), a young woman films herself auditioning to become a surrogate mother. Colour-coded jelly beans prove the saving of one man’s career in Rules of Assortment, and a football manager introduces his latest acquisition to an assembled press in Our Prospects...
    Our Walk Through The World is a collection of six short plays examining the absurdities, tragedies and small triumphs of modern life. In Tilly (An Introduction), a young woman films herself auditioning to become a surrogate mother. Colour-coded jelly beans prove the saving of one man’s career in Rules of Assortment, and a football manager introduces his latest acquisition to an assembled press in Our Prospects For The Coming Season. A son is reunited with his biological mother in Relinquish, while in The Viewing an estate agent shows a couple around their dream home to a soundscape of gunfire and screaming. Finally, in Frisky & The Panda Man, a conservationist struggles to rationalise his feelings for the last female panda on earth.


  • Picture Ourselves in Latvia
    A contemporary comedy on contemporary England. Desires are suppressed and aspirations thwarted for both the staff and patients of a psychiatric ward. Orderly Oliver pines for Margaret Thatcher. Dr Rupert wants Nurse Whitehall who wants Dr Rupert. But Dr Rupert and his wife are trying for a baby and Nurse Whitehall, who is also married, has just returned from maternity leave. As for the patients, Duncan secretly...
    A contemporary comedy on contemporary England. Desires are suppressed and aspirations thwarted for both the staff and patients of a psychiatric ward. Orderly Oliver pines for Margaret Thatcher. Dr Rupert wants Nurse Whitehall who wants Dr Rupert. But Dr Rupert and his wife are trying for a baby and Nurse Whitehall, who is also married, has just returned from maternity leave. As for the patients, Duncan secretly loves Anna who secretly loves Martin who openly loves no one. Both a love story and a modern allegory of the state, Picture Ourselves in Latvia confronts the impossibility of categorizing people as either sane or insane.

    Named "Best of Theater 2014" - L Magazine

  • 12:52
    12:52 is a sprawling journey through the mind, body and soul of Mike Webster. The Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center, whose premature death and resulting autopsy first revealed the permanent and neurological risks involved from playing Pro Football.

    *Based on a true story, 12:52 was written in collaboration with Dr. Randall Benson, a globally regarded behavioral neurologist and imaging...
    12:52 is a sprawling journey through the mind, body and soul of Mike Webster. The Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center, whose premature death and resulting autopsy first revealed the permanent and neurological risks involved from playing Pro Football.

    *Based on a true story, 12:52 was written in collaboration with Dr. Randall Benson, a globally regarded behavioral neurologist and imaging neuroscientist who is recognized for pioneering effective treatments for incapacitating brain disorders with an unprecedented understanding of brain function and disease.*