Hank Kimmel

Hank Kimmel

Hank Kimmel (also known as Henry W. Kimmel) is an Atlanta-based playwright who also serves as board president of Working Title Playwrights, an Atlanta-based theatre company dedicated to the development of playwrights and new plays. He also serves on the board of the Association for Jewish Professionals and has been a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild. Always aspiring to craft deeper and more meaningful...
Hank Kimmel (also known as Henry W. Kimmel) is an Atlanta-based playwright who also serves as board president of Working Title Playwrights, an Atlanta-based theatre company dedicated to the development of playwrights and new plays. He also serves on the board of the Association for Jewish Professionals and has been a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild. Always aspiring to craft deeper and more meaningful work, Hank has written dozens of plays of various lengths, mostly addressing people's obsession with status and money, including his own. He recently received a grant from the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to develop his full-length -- Confessions of a Hit Man.

Plays

  • The Education of Benjamin First
    Sent away to a boarding school by his family as a death-defying act, young Benjamin tries to blend in until his mis-cast roommate pushes them toward divisive truths about race, class, religion and each other.

    The Education of Benjamin First starts with Opening Day at the prestigious Mountcastle School in 1965. With the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement as the backdrop, Benjamin's...
    Sent away to a boarding school by his family as a death-defying act, young Benjamin tries to blend in until his mis-cast roommate pushes them toward divisive truths about race, class, religion and each other.

    The Education of Benjamin First starts with Opening Day at the prestigious Mountcastle School in 1965. With the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement as the backdrop, Benjamin's father is desperate to create a better life for his son, but Benjamin's world is immediately jarred by his African American roommate, Charles Robert Hawkins the Fourth, who immediately challenges every one of Benjamin’s assumptions about the world as it is.. With his father urging from afar, Benjamin tries to forge ahead until he realizes that Charles, unexpectedly, may be his best hope for friendship …if they can reconcile their differences about race, religion, and class.

  • Divided Among Themselves
    A righteous rabbi tries to honor her scheming father without betraying her core beliefs.

    Samantha Marcus is a progressive rabbi who wants to live a good and decent life. She and her three sisters – a successful developer, a struggling tennis pro and an emerging spiritualist – have all been out of touch for years. Following the death of their father, a hard-drinking, hard-driving union...
    A righteous rabbi tries to honor her scheming father without betraying her core beliefs.

    Samantha Marcus is a progressive rabbi who wants to live a good and decent life. She and her three sisters – a successful developer, a struggling tennis pro and an emerging spiritualist – have all been out of touch for years. Following the death of their father, a hard-drinking, hard-driving union activist, they are impelled to come together to examine their shared legacy and divide his estate.

    Divided Among Themselves is a dramatic comedy that explores the differing views in America toward money, charity, and self-reliance – while examining the relationship a grown child has to a deceased parent. The expected run time is 90 minutes.
  • Unbillable Hours
    David has gotten in over his head at work. A relative newcomer to office and urban politics, he's been put in charge of a controversial stadium project that will have a major impact on the re-structuring of the city. His friend and colleague Peter John is both jealous and protective. Peter John wants in on the action and won't relent until he, too, has risen to the top.

    When David...
    David has gotten in over his head at work. A relative newcomer to office and urban politics, he's been put in charge of a controversial stadium project that will have a major impact on the re-structuring of the city. His friend and colleague Peter John is both jealous and protective. Peter John wants in on the action and won't relent until he, too, has risen to the top.

    When David's focus gets sidetracked by Leslie, a dart-throwing debutante and community activist, he tries not to succumb to carnal desire, staying intent on billing time as a lawyer. But as Leslie starts to infiltrate the hard drive of his soul, David seeks assignment to something more lofty – putting at risk everything he – and his law firm – have worked hard to gain.

    Unbillable Hours is a 90-minute play about how the breaking of physical and emotional boundaries can lead to personal transformation. It features a cast of three – two males and one female – all in their late 20s. The female character plays three separate roles – a Managing Partner, Cleaning Lady and Debutante – who, by various measures, tries to pierce the heart of a man who has been losing touch with reality.
  • The Chosen People
    A Jewish couple goes to the most exclusive country club in the United States for an interview, and end up questioning their marriage in a one-act play that examines the ramifications of losing – and then regaining – one's faith.

    It is Easter Sunday, and Sally and Sam Ross arrive at The Castle Hill Club early in the morning. There is no one to greet them, but Sam urges Sally to press forth...
    A Jewish couple goes to the most exclusive country club in the United States for an interview, and end up questioning their marriage in a one-act play that examines the ramifications of losing – and then regaining – one's faith.

    It is Easter Sunday, and Sally and Sam Ross arrive at The Castle Hill Club early in the morning. There is no one to greet them, but Sam urges Sally to press forth, and Sally, reluctantly, agrees to go into the dark castle. A man finally appears. His name is Brendan Evan Pennoyer, the Fifth, a man of apparent pedigree. Yet, he is much more than that – as he challenges his guests' convictions about love, money, and religion. Sam, wanting to become the first Jewish member of Castle Hill, attempts to rouse Sally out of her funk, as it is Sally who will decide their future as she questions her own beliefs about fidelity, fertility and resurrection.

    The Chosen People is a dark comedy (60 minutes) that requires three actors – two men, one woman, all in their 40s or 50s – and a simple set. The action of the play is mostly linear. Though there may be a surreal interpretation to the play, the action to the characters is very real. The play allows for non-traditional casting.
  • Father -Son Campout
    A 53-year-old Son is called into action when his 88-year-old Father disappears in the middle of the night. When the Son finally tracks down his Father in a remote, marshy area, he discovers all is not what it seems to be. The Father, who has been ill, is strangely robust and calm. The Son is eager to bring his Father home and get on with his life, but the Father resists. As they negotiate over the value of...
    A 53-year-old Son is called into action when his 88-year-old Father disappears in the middle of the night. When the Son finally tracks down his Father in a remote, marshy area, he discovers all is not what it seems to be. The Father, who has been ill, is strangely robust and calm. The Son is eager to bring his Father home and get on with his life, but the Father resists. As they negotiate over the value of the Father’s life, the Son realizes it might take more than divine intervention to bail him out.

    Father-Son Campout is a two-character, 30-minute one-act that illustrates the consequence of sacrifice, by showing how it can both fracture and mend a relationship between an aging parent and a desperate child. It also attempts to present in a modern context the “binding” story from the Book of Genesis, where Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son.
  • Welcome to Our Holiday Show
    At the risk of offending anyone who may be offended, a reluctant MC offers a list of disclaimers more entertaining than the show itself.