Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist who has written widely about visual art, music, film, Islam, the Middle East, global affairs, and other subjects of interest. He's also the author of the full-length play, "The A** List: Art and Assassination in the Age of Donald Trump." In reviewing "The A** List" for its 2019 playwright competition, the Austin Film...
Jonathan Curiel is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist who has written widely about visual art, music, film, Islam, the Middle East, global affairs, and other subjects of interest. He's also the author of the full-length play, "The A** List: Art and Assassination in the Age of Donald Trump." In reviewing "The A** List" for its 2019 playwright competition, the Austin Film Festival said: “This drama is a piercing examination of how powerlessness to overcome one’s circumstances can lead to dangerous and destructive behavior. Politics of our time, brutish social media exchanges and exposed sexual violence make up the perfect toxic environment for the setting of this story. . . . The playwright’s use of irony at the end of the play is provocative.”

Plays

  • The Second Date: Lies, Lust, and Longing for Relief from “the Hell That Is Tinder”
    A 58-year-old man goes on a second date with a younger woman named Soraya. They met on Tinder, and had a decent first date, and now they're sitting down at an unnamed American restaurant – but new revelations derail the date within minutes. Who's telling the most egregious lies? And who's raising the most red flags? Their conversation connects the "digital hell" that is dating apps with...
    A 58-year-old man goes on a second date with a younger woman named Soraya. They met on Tinder, and had a decent first date, and now they're sitting down at an unnamed American restaurant – but new revelations derail the date within minutes. Who's telling the most egregious lies? And who's raising the most red flags? Their conversation connects the "digital hell" that is dating apps with the "analogue hell" that can be real life. But even hell can be funny and insightful about human nature – and so it is with "The Second Date," with twists and turns that say everything about the world we live in.
  • The 7 P.M. Bus Ride
    A crowded bus makes its way into the evening commute. An older woman gets on looking for a seat. A younger man refuses to get up. What follows is a verbal debate among passengers and the driver about race, emojis, Quentin Tarantino films, and other subjects that draw out the best and the worst in people. Everyone on the bus has an opinion. And most everyone on the bus wants to get home as quickly as possible,...
    A crowded bus makes its way into the evening commute. An older woman gets on looking for a seat. A younger man refuses to get up. What follows is a verbal debate among passengers and the driver about race, emojis, Quentin Tarantino films, and other subjects that draw out the best and the worst in people. Everyone on the bus has an opinion. And most everyone on the bus wants to get home as quickly as possible, even as the verbal jousting gets more interesting and much more volatile.
  • 1 Corner, 4 Strangers - Let the 'Diss Course' Begin
    An old, homeless man asks for change as he stands at a busy San Francisco intersection. A young, wealthy tech worker puts $10 in his cup – but also gives him a snarky comment that leads to a huge verbal fight. A passerby and her camera-yielding boyfriend quickly get involved. Their collective back-and-forth – about politics, about “genderized” language, and about other loaded topics – brings them all to the...
    An old, homeless man asks for change as he stands at a busy San Francisco intersection. A young, wealthy tech worker puts $10 in his cup – but also gives him a snarky comment that leads to a huge verbal fight. A passerby and her camera-yielding boyfriend quickly get involved. Their collective back-and-forth – about politics, about “genderized” language, and about other loaded topics – brings them all to the brink. Will they tone down their rhetoric before it’s too late?