Leland Frankel

Leland Frankel

Leland Frankel is an LA-based playwright currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of both UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television and The American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) Institute at Harvard University. His work has most recently been produced with The Fountain Theatre, Savage Players Theatre Company, the Festival for New American Musicals, and more. When he's not hunched...
Leland Frankel is an LA-based playwright currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of both UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television and The American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) Institute at Harvard University. His work has most recently been produced with The Fountain Theatre, Savage Players Theatre Company, the Festival for New American Musicals, and more. When he's not hunched over a keyboard, Leland enjoys ocean swimming, photography, and the music of Bruce Springsteen. As a screenwriter, he is represented by Jordan Bayer of Original Artists Agency.

Plays

  • The Girlfriend
    Olivia "Liv" Hughes was the most popular girl at Grace Hills High. Sylvia Merwin was one of its most put-down outcasts. And then Eddie Cleary brought his gun to school, and everything changed.

    Ten years later, these two women's worlds have dramatically diverged: Sylvia lives a seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles, with a terrific job and loving boyfriend, while Liv is a...
    Olivia "Liv" Hughes was the most popular girl at Grace Hills High. Sylvia Merwin was one of its most put-down outcasts. And then Eddie Cleary brought his gun to school, and everything changed.

    Ten years later, these two women's worlds have dramatically diverged: Sylvia lives a seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles, with a terrific job and loving boyfriend, while Liv is a recovering addict. They arrange to meet under mysterious circumstances, and Liv reveals a shocking, forgotten artifact from their shared past - evidence possibly proving that Sylvia knew about her boyfriend Eddie's dark intentions, and perhaps even pushed him towards them. A shatteringly brutal showdown ensues as Sylvia and Liv attempt to reconcile their bloody history with their present lives. Innocence, guilt, honesty, deception...When evil deeds happen, who is truly responsible?

    "The Girlfriend" is a cutting examination of gun violence in America, specifically of the psychological factors that contribute to it. Why do so many angry young white men decide to punish the world for its seeming injustices? Is it some internal derangement, or a fault of society that drives them to kill? And what about those left behind, the survivors and other figures from their lives, especially the women, who are forced to put together the pieces of their lives?
  • The Near Far
    In the past, Solo is a young girl living on a distant Pacific island. In the future, she is an astronaut hurtling through space and time towards a distant star system. Soon, these twin realities blur as a bizarre menagerie of entities become her guides: Eddy-Teddy and Mizzus Pink, her bickering childhood toys, and L.I.N.K.L.E.R., an absent-minded and increasingly-philosophical artificial intelligence. And then...
    In the past, Solo is a young girl living on a distant Pacific island. In the future, she is an astronaut hurtling through space and time towards a distant star system. Soon, these twin realities blur as a bizarre menagerie of entities become her guides: Eddy-Teddy and Mizzus Pink, her bickering childhood toys, and L.I.N.K.L.E.R., an absent-minded and increasingly-philosophical artificial intelligence. And then there's her father, left behind on Earth, in the past, with the rest of humanity. Language, memory, and identity all come together as my play asks, "How far would YOU go to be alone? And what price are you willing to pay for the journey there?"
  • Woke
    An ordinary day in the park takes an unexpected turn when Sunny, an aspiring Pakistani-American rapper, helps urban explorer Rebecca dodge the police. But their burgeoning friendship is immediately undermined when the two discover that they have wildly different outlooks on making a difference in the world - namely, who should do it and how. "Woke" is a cutting examination of race, privilege, and...
    An ordinary day in the park takes an unexpected turn when Sunny, an aspiring Pakistani-American rapper, helps urban explorer Rebecca dodge the police. But their burgeoning friendship is immediately undermined when the two discover that they have wildly different outlooks on making a difference in the world - namely, who should do it and how. "Woke" is a cutting examination of race, privilege, and activism filled with colorful hip-hop freestyling and pitch-black humor.
  • Emily Again
    Emily is a girl with a very unique gift: She can travel backwards in time at will. But just because you can re-do the past doesn't mean that you should, as she learns on a blind date with Adam. Even when you want to start over, sometimes the best thing is moving forward.
  • Nowheresplace
    A ghost floats in a box in a laboratory. It is without memory and gender. Caught in an academic war for Ghost's identity are an arrogant young researcher and the cynical professor he still lusts after. Time, space, reality, language, and history all collapse--or, perhaps, are restored--in this dark comedy of metaphysics.
  • The Callback
    Lewis Ashford is a cocky British director in the midst of auditions for his latest mega-musical. But when bright-eyed Molly Bates finds out that she's not getting a callback, all hell breaks loose. Molly kidnaps Ashford and holds him hostage on the stage of the abandoned Regal Theatre. There, she subjects him to physical, mental, and emotional torture in a psychotic last-ditch bid for a callback. How far...
    Lewis Ashford is a cocky British director in the midst of auditions for his latest mega-musical. But when bright-eyed Molly Bates finds out that she's not getting a callback, all hell breaks loose. Molly kidnaps Ashford and holds him hostage on the stage of the abandoned Regal Theatre. There, she subjects him to physical, mental, and emotional torture in a psychotic last-ditch bid for a callback. How far would YOU go to make it in showbiz?
  • The Better Part of Forever
    Based on a true story. A few decades ago, Todd Ferris was America's most beloved teenage movie star. Now, he's a middle-aged C-lister plotting a come-back from the confines of his luxurious Hollywood apartment. But Todd has a secret that most of the world has forgotten: Twenty years ago, he was involved in a terrible accident that may have cost the lives of two innocent people. And now, a mysterious...
    Based on a true story. A few decades ago, Todd Ferris was America's most beloved teenage movie star. Now, he's a middle-aged C-lister plotting a come-back from the confines of his luxurious Hollywood apartment. But Todd has a secret that most of the world has forgotten: Twenty years ago, he was involved in a terrible accident that may have cost the lives of two innocent people. And now, a mysterious figure from his past has reached out with an enigmatic request, one that may ruin Todd's life forever...or worse, his career. "The Better Part of Forever" is a (very) darkly comedic reflection on memory, forgiveness, and modern celebrity. How far would you go to escape the sins of your past? And what if that past was the only way to ensure your future?
  • Tight Knit
    Based on a true story, "Tight Knit" is a pitch-black comedy about a VERY modern family. When twentysomething Maddie goes with her boyfriend Spencer to his nephew's birthday party, she expects nothing more than an afternoon of cake and toddlers. But when Spencer accidentally reveals that he was the sperm donor for said nephew, a gift to his sister Gwen and her wife Marnina, everything spirals into...
    Based on a true story, "Tight Knit" is a pitch-black comedy about a VERY modern family. When twentysomething Maddie goes with her boyfriend Spencer to his nephew's birthday party, she expects nothing more than an afternoon of cake and toddlers. But when Spencer accidentally reveals that he was the sperm donor for said nephew, a gift to his sister Gwen and her wife Marnina, everything spirals into chaos. Manners go out the window and mayhem reigns as the four fight to figure out what it really means to be family...and whether that's something worth fighting for in the first place.
  • Postscript (or, the Last Words)
    Three years ago, the world ended. In the woods of upstate New York, the last survivors of a creative writing retreat are still carving out a meager existence among the trees and wild animals. Their self-proclaimed mission is a futile one: To copy down, from memory, every important piece of literature ever written. But then a girl wanders into camp, without shoes and (seemingly) without a past. She has an...
    Three years ago, the world ended. In the woods of upstate New York, the last survivors of a creative writing retreat are still carving out a meager existence among the trees and wild animals. Their self-proclaimed mission is a futile one: To copy down, from memory, every important piece of literature ever written. But then a girl wanders into camp, without shoes and (seemingly) without a past. She has an enigmatic gift: The ability to recall, with perfect clarity, every single word that she has ever read. But what seems like a blessing soon devolves into a nightmare as lust, violence, and madness threaten to overtake the final dregs of civilization in this dark comedy of post-apocalyptic proportions.
  • Slaughterhouse
    Kurt is an ordinary guy with a very unfortunate living situation: His three roommates are all notorious local serial killers. And even worse, they're under the (false) impression that Kurt is the equally-infamous Subway Slayer! But times are tough and he's making it work. At least, he WAS, until his girlfriend Caroline pops by for an impromptu visit. Some relationships can be killer, in every sense of the word.
  • The Thing About Seagulls...
    Based on Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," this semi-sorta modern day reinvention sets the action in New Brunswick, NJ. The year is 1994, and Constantine Abramowitz has had it up to HERE. His new play flopped, his girlfriend left him, and to top it all off, Kurt Cobain has just committed suicide. But when Connie attempts to imitate his hero with a bullet in the face...he misses. Now he's stuck...
    Based on Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," this semi-sorta modern day reinvention sets the action in New Brunswick, NJ. The year is 1994, and Constantine Abramowitz has had it up to HERE. His new play flopped, his girlfriend left him, and to top it all off, Kurt Cobain has just committed suicide. But when Connie attempts to imitate his hero with a bullet in the face...he misses. Now he's stuck in an asylum, surrounded by a rag-tag bunch of psychos who may--or may not--hold the key to his sanity. In-Yer-Face Theatre, grunge music, and turn-of-the-century absurdity collide in this daffy riff on the Chekhov's classic.
  • The Rule of Thirds
    This darkly humorous drama tells the story of Mina Mansour, a Lebanese-American filmmaker struggling with an impossible decision. In the aftermath of her Israeli war photographer boyfriend's death, she discovers a hidden cache of images with the power to further ignite a conflict that has been raging for millennia. Torn between exposing what has happened and trying to prevent further suffering, Mina...
    This darkly humorous drama tells the story of Mina Mansour, a Lebanese-American filmmaker struggling with an impossible decision. In the aftermath of her Israeli war photographer boyfriend's death, she discovers a hidden cache of images with the power to further ignite a conflict that has been raging for millennia. Torn between exposing what has happened and trying to prevent further suffering, Mina embarks on a journey to discover a righteous solution, all the while grappling with the tragic hole that his death has left in her life - and a mysterious phantasm with his appearance that refuses to leave her alone.
  • Blood Types

    Marsden, Aubrey, and Violet are three modern-day vampires who have shared the same grimy basement apartment for more than a century. The abrupt--and bloody--arrival of Eden, a newly "turned" vampire, throws their carefully ordered, sheltered existence into disarray. As pride, lust, and the omnipresent threat of a stake to the heart all join together into a horrific maelstrom, all four are...

    Marsden, Aubrey, and Violet are three modern-day vampires who have shared the same grimy basement apartment for more than a century. The abrupt--and bloody--arrival of Eden, a newly "turned" vampire, throws their carefully ordered, sheltered existence into disarray. As pride, lust, and the omnipresent threat of a stake to the heart all join together into a horrific maelstrom, all four are forced to ask themselves: "When you can live forever, what or who do you live for?"
  • Gina Negin
    Adapted from Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse "Eugene Onegin," my darkly comedic play takes his story of dispassionate Russians and transports it to 21st century Brooklyn. Bright, trendy Gina has just inherited her uncle's apartment in Bushwick--following his unfortunate suicide--and throws a raucous party to celebrate. But when a petty fight with her childhood friend Skyler escalates into...
    Adapted from Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse "Eugene Onegin," my darkly comedic play takes his story of dispassionate Russians and transports it to 21st century Brooklyn. Bright, trendy Gina has just inherited her uncle's apartment in Bushwick--following his unfortunate suicide--and throws a raucous party to celebrate. But when a petty fight with her childhood friend Skyler escalates into chaos, she finds herself torn between love and pride. Utilizing the same unique rhyming structure as the original novel, "Gina Negin" is a bleak, hilarious look at friendship in the modern era.
  • I Do, Do You?
    Jason and Wyatt are two political activists in a long-term relationship with one another. They wake up the morning after gay marriage is legalized brutally hung-over, having celebrated wildly with the other employees of their foundation the night before. What should be a tremendous occasion soon sours when Jason proposes to Wyatt, ready to (legally) start the second act of their life. But Wyatt, despite all...
    Jason and Wyatt are two political activists in a long-term relationship with one another. They wake up the morning after gay marriage is legalized brutally hung-over, having celebrated wildly with the other employees of their foundation the night before. What should be a tremendous occasion soon sours when Jason proposes to Wyatt, ready to (legally) start the second act of their life. But Wyatt, despite all that has just happened, might not be so ready for a serious commitment himself....