Meridith Friedman

Meridith Friedman

Meridith was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She currently resides in Manhattan. She received her BA from Connecticut College, and her MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen from Northwestern University. Her play THE FIRESTORM recently concluded a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, receiving productions at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Stage Left...
Meridith was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She currently resides in Manhattan. She received her BA from Connecticut College, and her MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen from Northwestern University. Her play THE FIRESTORM recently concluded a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, receiving productions at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Stage Left Theatre in Chicago, Chicago's Theatre on the Lake (Stage Left remount), and LOCAL Theatre Company in Boulder. ​ Her next play, THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE, a commission from Curious Theatre Company in Denver and funded by the National New Play Network, will premiere at Curious in May 2017 followed by a production at Actor's Theater of Charlotte. THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE is the first play in a new trilogy commissioned by Curious. Meridith was the NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at Curious for their 2010-2011 season, a 2012-2013 Dramatist Guild Fellow, and the recipient of a 2013-2014 Downstage Left Playwriting Residency at Stage Left Theatre. In addition to the theaters above, her work has been developed and workshopped at The Kennedy Center, Chicago Dramatists, The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Florida Repertory Theatre, The Ashland New Play Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, the NNPN National New Play Showcase, New Repertory Theatre, The Lark, Actor's Express, The Greenhouse Theatre Center, The Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, The American Southwest Theatre Company at NMSU, and the Abbey Theatre in Orlando. Meridith was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Drama at Kenyon College during the 2011-2012 academic year, and taught screenwriting to undergraduates while completing her graduate work at Northwestern University. She has also taught playwriting to talented high school and middle school dramatists at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Curious Theatre Company. She recently completed the book for the musical, THE 30TH YEAR, which was part of the inaugural New Musical Discovery Series in Orlando. She is currently writing the book for a new musical about art theft, and developing an original television pilot about the Supreme Court. ​

Plays

  • The Luckiest People
    After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are drawn, spiraling father...
    After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are drawn, spiraling father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. The first play in a trilogy about the Hoffman family.
  • The Firestorm
    Gaby and Patrick, an interracial political power couple hot on the campaign trail, are thrust into the center of a media frenzy when a racially charged incident from Patrick’s past surfaces. As the pressure intensifies, the political becomes explosively personal and the foundation of their seemingly picture-perfect marriage begins to fracture.
  • Blue Monday
    An aspiring oil painter is devastated when her husband, a talented poet and her former professor, develops Semantic Dementia. As he begins to lose the semantic meanings of words and objects, painting becomes a way for him to recall mental pictures without the mediation of language. A silent rivalry soon develops as his paintings start to garner attention.

Recommended by Meridith Friedman

  • Couriers and Contrabands
    9 Mar. 2016
    I had the pleasure of seeing a production of "Couriers and Contrabands" in New York, and it is such a smart and compelling look into a part of history that is rarely dramatized. Victor crafts a riveting, forward-moving story that, while set in the past, reverberates in the present.
  • I Enter the Valley (4W, 2M)
    22 Dec. 2015
    Dipika is a tremendous talent, and "I Enter the Valley" epitomizes what makes her such a unique writer. She paints such a gorgeous, lush, lyrical landscape but isn't afraid to infuse it with strokes of callousness and aggression; she doesn't let the beauty overpower (or diffuse) the tension. Her wit is sharp and smart, and the play moves to a rhythm that is all its own–time changes. It slows. It quickens. It halts. This play is demanding to be seen, heard and felt.
  • Last Night and the Night Before
    11 Nov. 2015
    SAM is a gorgeous, stirring play about addiction, family, and both the loss and reclaiming of innocence. The language is lyrical and vivid, and the story is both epic and intimate, gritty and tender. I attended a reading of the play at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the very positive audience response was palpable; this is a story that everyone can touch and find themselves in.