David Tolchinsky

David Tolchinsky

David E. Tolchinsky is the Founder/Co-Director of Northwestern University’s MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage program. He is a longtime screenwriter (for various Hollywood studios) and a fairly new playwright and director. His work often involves teenagers, dystopias, the figure of the psychiatrist and unraveling structures. Lately, his work has been centering on health and illness in the modern world, especially...
David E. Tolchinsky is the Founder/Co-Director of Northwestern University’s MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage program. He is a longtime screenwriter (for various Hollywood studios) and a fairly new playwright and director. His work often involves teenagers, dystopias, the figure of the psychiatrist and unraveling structures. Lately, his work has been centering on health and illness in the modern world, especially illnesses that are not easily explainable. In 2015, he was voted Best Director for the New York production of his play, Where's the Rest of Me? (which was nominated for Best Play). He co-curated Sick by Seven (seven plays/films about mental health in the modern world) at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago as part of its Incubator Series, and was no. 7 on New City's Film 50 2017: Chicago Screen Gems . His film credits include the experimental narrative Creature Companion (co-producer); the psychological thriller Cassandra (writer/director, currently in post-production), the documentary Fast Talk (co-producer), the dramatic thriller The Coming of Age (co-producer/screenwriter), the dark comedy Girl (associate producer/screenwriter, from Sony, starring Selma Blair and Tara Reid, on iTunes), and the documentary St. Catherine’s Wedding Ring (co-producer/co-director, premiered at Sundance). He is also an associate producer on Debra Tolchinsky’s documentary True Memories and Other Falsehoods (currently in production). As a curator, Dave co-curated The Horror Show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York City, Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door at the Block Museum, Evanston, IL, and The Presence of Absence at the Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago. Dave is currently preparing to direct his dark comedy play about the rogue psychologist Wilhelm Reich, An Attempt to Heal in the Contemporary World , in New York City. Dave was the Chairman of NU's Department of Radio-TV-Film from 2007-2018. More at davidetolchinsky.com

Plays

  • An Attempt to Heal in the Contemporary World
    A man grapples with the strange feeling that something is wrong with his body although he can’t quite point to what, leading him to ponder the strange theories and life of 1950s rogue scientist Wilhelm Reich, and everything in the cosmos, as his marriage crumbles. A dark, screwball comedy.
  • Clear
    A guilt-torn cop goes to a psychiatrist, to confront his violent past and ambivalence about his job, but finds instead he is trapped in a room with a mysterious therapist with dangerous, unorthodox techniques and a psychopathic gun-toting patient. A dark comedy.
  • Where's the Rest of Me?
    A screenwriter wrestles with his relationship to Spalding Gray, his psychiatrist father and the classic movie, King’s Row. A dark and funny journey through movies, monologues and mental illness.