Jonathan Caren

Jonathan Caren

JONATHAN CAREN (PLAYWRIGHT)

Jonathan’s plays include THE RECOMMENDATION (IAMA 2014, The Flea 2013, The Old Globe 2012, Ovation Award for Best Production, Craig Noel Award for Best New Play), THE MORNING THE SUN FELL DOWN (MTC 7@7 2013), LET ME GO (2013 Rattlestick Fest, JPP), CATCH THE FISH (Most Outstanding Play, NY Fringe) and THE VENERABLE RAMAN GUPTA (Flea First Look Series, New Group/New...
JONATHAN CAREN (PLAYWRIGHT)

Jonathan’s plays include THE RECOMMENDATION (IAMA 2014, The Flea 2013, The Old Globe 2012, Ovation Award for Best Production, Craig Noel Award for Best New Play), THE MORNING THE SUN FELL DOWN (MTC 7@7 2013), LET ME GO (2013 Rattlestick Fest, JPP), CATCH THE FISH (Most Outstanding Play, NY Fringe) and THE VENERABLE RAMAN GUPTA (Flea First Look Series, New Group/New WOrks).

His work has been developed at theaters across the country including The Manhattan Theater Club, EST, Ars Nova, The Roundabout Underground, The New Group, Pasadena Playhouse, The Keen Company, Woodshed Ensemble, Berkshire Playwright’s Lab as well as developmentally at The Lark, New York Stage and Film, The Jewish Plays Project, Partial Comfort and in The Samuel French OOB Festival and The Old Vic in London.

He is a 2014 P73 Writer, a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow, A 2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2011 New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award Winner, a member of The T.S Eliot Old Vic/New Voices Network, a two time recipient of a Fellowship to SPACE @ Ryder Farm, a two-time Lecomte du Nouy award winner and a recipient of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Fiction. Additionally, he was a finalist for the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Award, a nominee for the 2012 Otis Guerney New American Playwright’s Award, and a finalist for The 2013 Sundance Theater Lab and The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.

In TV, Jonathan has written original pilots for FOX, CBS and WindDancer Productions. He is a graduate of The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright’s Program at The Juilliard School and Vassar College where he studied mythology and religion. He’s a proud member of the downtown New York theater company Partial Comfort and originally hails from Los Angeles.

Plays

  • Need to Know
    Lilly and Steven are smart, talented and charming. Their new neighbor is not. After moving into a new apartment, they meet the man they now share a wall with — Mark Manners, an aspiring fiction writer and longtime tenant of the building. Lilly and Steven proceed to “Google” stalk Mark have a field day mocking his website… only to realize the walls are thin and can hear everything they said about him. When...
    Lilly and Steven are smart, talented and charming. Their new neighbor is not. After moving into a new apartment, they meet the man they now share a wall with — Mark Manners, an aspiring fiction writer and longtime tenant of the building. Lilly and Steven proceed to “Google” stalk Mark have a field day mocking his website… only to realize the walls are thin and can hear everything they said about him. When they try to win back his affection, it backfires as Mark turns the tables and unlocks secrets about the couple they didn’t know about each other, and it dismantles their relationship. The play asks the question, “In the world of social media, how much do we need to know about each other’s lives? Or are there some secrets worth keeping, including those of the people closest to us?”