Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at many of America’s most prominent regional theatres, as well as Off-Broadway and in over twenty countries internationally. American Theatre Magazine has named Dietz one of the 20 most-produced playwrights in America on multiple occasions. Awards include the Steinberg New Play Award Citation ("Bloomsday"); the Kennedy Center Fund...
Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at many of America’s most prominent regional theatres, as well as Off-Broadway and in over twenty countries internationally. American Theatre Magazine has named Dietz one of the 20 most-produced playwrights in America on multiple occasions. Awards include the Steinberg New Play Award Citation ("Bloomsday"); the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award ("Fiction", "Still Life with Iris"); the PEN USA West Award in Drama ("Lonely Planet"); and the Edgar Award® for Best Mystery Play ("Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure"). Recent premieres include adaptations of "Gaslight" (from Patrick Hamilton) and "Murder on the Links" (from Agatha Christie). His widely produced play, "Shooting Star", was adapted by Dietz and Kirk Lynn into the recent Meg Ryan movie, "What Happens Later." Newly published plays include "How a Boy Falls", "On Clover Road", and "Over the Moon" (from P.G. Wodehouse). After 12 years teaching in the MFA Playwriting & Directing program at UT/Austin, Dietz continues to conduct master classes in playwriting, story-making, and collaboration across the U.S. He and his wife, playwright Allison Gregory, divide their time between Austin and Seattle.

Plays

  • The Shimmering
    This newly re-conceived play (previously developed at Seattle Rep, CATF and the Kenyon Playwrights Conference) is intended as an exercise in micro-intimacy: a charged, confidential and highly-voyeuristic mystery about deceptions in a marriage and the harrowing challenge of forgiveness. What you don't know can hurt you.
  • Haunted Play (A Tale of the Naive and Macabre)
    Two writers arrive at a darkened theater to receive an undisclosed award. What they receive instead is a play “ghosted” by a host of other famous works. These writers encounter a steep fall – comic, poetic, fanciful and macabre – into a world their deepest creative fears. "Haunted Play" is a cautionary Valentine to an art form that revels in its own mystery.
  • On Clover Road
    At an abandoned motel on a desolate American road, a mother meets with a cult deprogrammer, believing she will be reunited with her runaway daughter. What happens instead – in this smart, harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller – is something that will shock her to her core. What will a mother do to get her daughter back? Whatever it takes.