Seth Rozin

Seth Rozin

Seth is the author of numerous plays, including HUMAN RITES, STRUT, A TOOL FOR THE LIVING, THE THREE CHRISTS OF MANHATTAN (produced at InterAct Theatre Company, 2015), TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR... (National New Play Network rolling world premieres at Florida Stage, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and New Jersey Rep, plus productions at Shadowlands Theater, Merrimack Rep, Unicorn Theatre, InterAct, Florida...
Seth is the author of numerous plays, including HUMAN RITES, STRUT, A TOOL FOR THE LIVING, THE THREE CHRISTS OF MANHATTAN (produced at InterAct Theatre Company, 2015), TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR... (National New Play Network rolling world premieres at Florida Stage, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and New Jersey Rep, plus productions at Shadowlands Theater, Merrimack Rep, Unicorn Theatre, InterAct, Florida Studio Theatre, GEVA Theater, Barter Theater and Jewish Theatre of Grand Rapids; published by Playscripts.com), BLACK GOLD (NNPN rolling world premieres at InterAct, Phoenix Theatre, PROP Thr, Arts West Playhouse), REINVENTING EDEN (InterAct), MISSING LINK (InterAct, Civic Theatre of Schenectady), THE SPACE BETWEEN US (readings at Abington Theatre, Philadelphia Art Alliance) and MEN OF STONE (Theater Catalyst; published by Playscripts.com). He is also the composer, lyricist and book author of A PASSING WIND a musical about history's greatest "fartiste" that premiered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in 2011. Seth is the winner of two playwriting fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the 2006 Smith Prize (awarded by the National New Play Network), a 2002 Commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and two Barrymore Award nominations for Outstanding New Play.

Plays

  • HUMAN RITES
    After receiving a complaint from a group of students, an African American dean at a major American university summons a renowned Jewish professor of cultural psychology into her office to discuss his controversial research. But it is the extra-marital affair these two academic heavyweights engaged in years ago, along with a surprise visitor, that brings their battle over science, privilege and cultural...
    After receiving a complaint from a group of students, an African American dean at a major American university summons a renowned Jewish professor of cultural psychology into her office to discuss his controversial research. But it is the extra-marital affair these two academic heavyweights engaged in years ago, along with a surprise visitor, that brings their battle over science, privilege and cultural pluralism to a boil.
  • A TOOL FOR THE LIVING
    This drama follows two separate couples -- one older, one younger -- along with a single, African American mother, who are linked by a single event: the assassination-style killing of a four year-old girl at a playground. The play takes place in a living room, representing three different homes, and moves backwards in time from that event to reveal the journey that brought the two couples together.
  • STRUT
    The Screaming Eagles Mummers Troupe in Philadelphia hasn't won first prize in more than fifteen years. J.B., Mac and the rest of the regular working guys that make up the troupe want to keep dressing up as some other kind of people and hope for the best, while J.B.'s son, Jimmy, wants to bring in a big-time designer from New York. But when acclaimed, Brazilian-born, openly gay Paolo arrives on the...
    The Screaming Eagles Mummers Troupe in Philadelphia hasn't won first prize in more than fifteen years. J.B., Mac and the rest of the regular working guys that make up the troupe want to keep dressing up as some other kind of people and hope for the best, while J.B.'s son, Jimmy, wants to bring in a big-time designer from New York. But when acclaimed, Brazilian-born, openly gay Paolo arrives on the scene, with his worldliness and expansive ideas,unanticipated tensions arise inside the clubhouse.
  • THE THREE CHRISTS OF MANHATTAN
    A play for the Trump era. On the day that Dr. Paula Posner -- a neurotic atheist Jewish psychiatrist -- opens her private practice, she is visited by three "patients," each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. The first, dressed in a white tunic and sandals, is the spitting image of the iconic loving Jesus. The second, in dreadlocks and jeans, is the social justice Jesus. The third, in a stylish...
    A play for the Trump era. On the day that Dr. Paula Posner -- a neurotic atheist Jewish psychiatrist -- opens her private practice, she is visited by three "patients," each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. The first, dressed in a white tunic and sandals, is the spitting image of the iconic loving Jesus. The second, in dreadlocks and jeans, is the social justice Jesus. The third, in a stylish and sporty power suit, is the prosperity gospel Jesus. Dr. Posner invites the three Jesi to a joint session, and they engage in a comic battle to save her soul, as well as the future of humanity.
  • TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR...
    Ishaq and Zeblyan are the last two Jews in Kabul, Afghanistan. They seek to rekindle their faith, rebuild their synagogue and repopulate their community. But they hate each other. Driven apart by mutual animosity, this Middle-Eastern odd couple must commit to a great act of faith in order to achieve their shared goal of keeping the Jewish diaspora alive in Afghanistan. But will they kill each other first?
  • BLACK GOLD
    What happens when Curtis Walker, an unemployed African American auto worker living in Detroit’s inner-city, purchases an oil rig on eBay and taps into one of America’s largest oil reserves right under his own back yard? This fast-paced, vaudevillian take on the not-too-distant future chronicles Walker’s discovery, as it precipitates a wild chain reaction that throws the world into turmoil, proving just how much...
    What happens when Curtis Walker, an unemployed African American auto worker living in Detroit’s inner-city, purchases an oil rig on eBay and taps into one of America’s largest oil reserves right under his own back yard? This fast-paced, vaudevillian take on the not-too-distant future chronicles Walker’s discovery, as it precipitates a wild chain reaction that throws the world into turmoil, proving just how much America’s petroleum addiction keeps world events on edge. Will the newly-tapped resource lead to violence or prosperity? Will the poor get rich? Will the rich get richer? Will America’s economy skyrocket? Will the Middle East move toward unprecedented peace or unimaginable chaos? Six actors play over 80 roles in this satire of class, race and greed in a country that will go to dangerous lengths to keep the cheap crude flowing. "Rozin's bracing, biting script...achieves the Swiftian feat of prompting both righteous anger and bitter laughs." -- Chicago Reader
  • A PASSING WIND
    This rags-to-riches-to-rags musical comedy follows the (mostly) true story of Joseph Pujol, a humble baker in Southern France who, having been blessed with an "anomalous sphincter," followed his dream to perform at the Moulin Rouge in Paris during the Belle Epoque. Pujol became an immediate sensation with his incredible feats of anal agility, much to the dismay of the great artists of the day --...
    This rags-to-riches-to-rags musical comedy follows the (mostly) true story of Joseph Pujol, a humble baker in Southern France who, having been blessed with an "anomalous sphincter," followed his dream to perform at the Moulin Rouge in Paris during the Belle Epoque. Pujol became an immediate sensation with his incredible feats of anal agility, much to the dismay of the great artists of the day -- Claude Monet, Erik Satie and Sarah Bernhardt. But at the height of Pujol's soaring popularity, France was plunged into the devastation of World War I, after which, people didn't find his act funny any more, and he quietly disappeared. Narrated by Sigmund Freud, A PASSING WIND juxtaposes big ideas with bathroom humor as it explores the conflict between high art and popular art, and the way larger events influence our sense of humor. "[Rozin] crafts an illuminating investigation into the nature of art through classic Broadway musical numbers...and, yes, fart jokes. [He] embraces with gusto every synonym for fart and butt in existence to craft a surprisingly sophisticated take on potty humor that had the audience simultaneously giggling and groaning."
  • THE SPACE BETWEEN US
    A surreal and visceral drama inspired by the true-life story of minimalist sculptor Carl Andre and Cuban-American body artist, Ana Mendieta, whose prophetic and tumultuous marriage ended when she fell (or was pushed) to her tragic death in 1985.
  • MISSING LINK
    A married couple lose their only daughter in a tragic plane crash and are catapulted into conflicting crises of faith in this human drama about grief, faith, and the evolution of the human spirit.
  • MEN OF STONE
    What happens when your greatest work of art comes to life...as the wrong person? The great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo (a.k.a. Mickey) is nearing the completion of his magnificent statue of Moses, commissioned by Pope Julius II. But when Moses comes to life in the blue-collar persona of Mickey's model, the local butcher, Mickey's life begins to crumble. He frantically tries to undo his...
    What happens when your greatest work of art comes to life...as the wrong person? The great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo (a.k.a. Mickey) is nearing the completion of his magnificent statue of Moses, commissioned by Pope Julius II. But when Moses comes to life in the blue-collar persona of Mickey's model, the local butcher, Mickey's life begins to crumble. He frantically tries to undo his inadvertent miracle, as the butcher, the imperious Pope, and a ravenous Countess all stake their claim in a work of art that truly does imitate life. Men of Stone is a farcical comedy about human nature and the pursuit of perfection, with a contemporary spin.