Steven Haworth

Steven Haworth


Little Fishes was produced off-Broadway by Abingdon Theatre and is published by Next Stage Press. Fernando opened the Obie Award-winning Ice Factory Festival 2017 at the New Ohio Theatre (New York), was also a winner of the Ashland New Play Festival (Ashland, OR), and the First Look Festival (Los Angeles), and is published by Next Stage Press. Writer-in-Residence at the 2018 Seven Devils Playwrights...

Little Fishes was produced off-Broadway by Abingdon Theatre and is published by Next Stage Press. Fernando opened the Obie Award-winning Ice Factory Festival 2017 at the New Ohio Theatre (New York), was also a winner of the Ashland New Play Festival (Ashland, OR), and the First Look Festival (Los Angeles), and is published by Next Stage Press. Writer-in-Residence at the 2018 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference working on his play Monkey in the Shade, which was also included in the PlayLab Series at The Great Plains Theatre Conference 2019, and an Ashland New Play Festival finalist in 2020. The Pain Before was presented by the ProEnglish Theatre Drama School in Kyiv, Ukaraine, January 2024. Something Holy In Croatia was performed in the Santa Cruz Actors Theatre 8Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival in Jan/Feb, 2023 and the Seoul Players Short Play Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Four New Years in Japan won the Jury Prize in the Think Fast Festival in March 2019 and is published in Applause Publications Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2020. Commissioned to write [home] or The Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur for Zoo District in Los Angeles that received five LA Weekly, a Garland, and Ovation award nominations. Commissioned to freely adapt Mikail Bulgakov's Flight for the Open Fist Theatre which produced it in 2003. Dark Age was produced by Project III Ensemble Theatre at the Ohio Theatre (Soho, NYC), directed by Robert Lyons and starred Richard Schiff. The White Cave by Jesco Productions. Time and Tony Oliva, commissioned for the Seventh Inning Stretch at Mile Square Theatre, is included in the Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2018 published by Smith and Kraus. Monologues from Steven’s plays also appear in Smith and Krause’s The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2018, and The Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2018, as well as Applause Books The Best Men’s Monologues From New Plays 2019. In New Zealand he was one of four playwrights contributing to the Big Kahuna project directed by Christine Sang. Blue/Whitney was a winner of Stage Left Theatre’s 10th Leapfest New Play Festival in Chicago. Steven was a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the Project III Ensemble Theatre in residence at the Ohio Theatre, Soho, NYC, where he wrote Dark Age, directed The Grand Ceremonial, and performed in many productions. As an actor he has performed in New York, Los Angeles, and regional theatre. MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University.

Plays

  • Monkey in the Shade
    In 1978, a homeless teenage boy named Sean comes to Harvey, Louisiana looking for work in the off shore oil patch. A derrick man named Monkey takes the boy under his wing and tries to protect him from Clay, their criminal landlord. Forty years later, Sean returns to Harvey to find out what happened to his old friend Monkey as his own life draws to a close.
  • Fernando
    ZACHARIAH SMYTHE, assistant professor of art, 45, has come to Madrid to take a short sabbatical and study a painting by FERNANDO RAFAEL VASQUEZ DE LA CRUZ. Zach considers the painting a masterpiece and the painter one of the greatest Spanish artists of the last one hundred years. He is entirely alone in this. Nevertheless, nothing will deter Zach from championing his favorite to the art establishment by...
    ZACHARIAH SMYTHE, assistant professor of art, 45, has come to Madrid to take a short sabbatical and study a painting by FERNANDO RAFAEL VASQUEZ DE LA CRUZ. Zach considers the painting a masterpiece and the painter one of the greatest Spanish artists of the last one hundred years. He is entirely alone in this. Nevertheless, nothing will deter Zach from championing his favorite to the art establishment by writing an article about this enormous painting. Zach’s mission will require all his focus, but it is already beset by difficulties. He has run out of professional chances. The memory of his wife's suicide preys on him. His time in Madrid is limited. Fernando is missing. His sobriety is tenuous. Enter an astonishingly brilliant and beautiful woman full of secrets and rage. TERESA FLORES, 35, first approaches Zach in the museum while he is studying the painting. Teresa claims to have actually met Fernando and their bizarre rivalry begins. Through revelation, seduction, scholarly collaboration, a theft, and an encounter with a mysterious BLIND MAN in a bar, Zach and Teresa finally arrive at a choice previously unimaginable.
  • Little Fishes
    The 100 year-old Nels has been residing in a Minneapolis nursing home for years, tended to by, and matching wits with, Brad, a playfully sadistic orderly. Brad, in his twenties, is every bit as confused about his own future and death as Nels. Pipe, a Chippewa Native American teenager and new orderly, tries to reconcile the wreckage of his family through lessons from his barely remembered grandfather and his...
    The 100 year-old Nels has been residing in a Minneapolis nursing home for years, tended to by, and matching wits with, Brad, a playfully sadistic orderly. Brad, in his twenties, is every bit as confused about his own future and death as Nels. Pipe, a Chippewa Native American teenager and new orderly, tries to reconcile the wreckage of his family through lessons from his barely remembered grandfather and his abuse of peyote. But when Nels’ roommate dies and Nels accuses Brad of murder everything starts to unravel.
  • Flight
    Flight is a free adaptation from the Bulgakov. Written in the mid- to late 1920s and banned before it could be presented in the fledgling Soviet Union, the play revisits the final days of the Russian Revolution and civil war, as the opposing armies murder and lay waste to the very things they profess to hold dear. "Flight" follows the last remnants of pre-revolutionary Russia as they are pushed out of...
    Flight is a free adaptation from the Bulgakov. Written in the mid- to late 1920s and banned before it could be presented in the fledgling Soviet Union, the play revisits the final days of the Russian Revolution and civil war, as the opposing armies murder and lay waste to the very things they profess to hold dear. "Flight" follows the last remnants of pre-revolutionary Russia as they are pushed out of their homeland by the Red Army's advance. Key characters include Maj. Gen. Grigory Charnota and Gen. Roman Kludhov, White Army commanders who are bitterly frustrated by their inability to stem the Red tide, and Sergei Golubkov and Serafima Korzukhina, civilians seeking what little protection the defeated army can still provide.
    Both the Red and White armies commit atrocities as they pass across the land, murdering those they suspect of sympathizing with the other side. Haunted by guilt for the zeal with which he ordered his countrymen hung, Gen. Kludhov will later realize, "It was all for nothing. It was all pointless."
  • The Other Genius
    The Other Genius is a black farce that follows Jameson, a community college student in love with Fiona, his Psychology 101 professor. Jameson has adored Fiona since he was a small boy and Fiona was his live-in babysitter/au pair. Fiona is in love with David, Jameson’s powerful and wealthy father who everyone considers a genius but who is terribly cruel to Jameson. Jameson is convinced Fiona and David had an...
    The Other Genius is a black farce that follows Jameson, a community college student in love with Fiona, his Psychology 101 professor. Jameson has adored Fiona since he was a small boy and Fiona was his live-in babysitter/au pair. Fiona is in love with David, Jameson’s powerful and wealthy father who everyone considers a genius but who is terribly cruel to Jameson. Jameson is convinced Fiona and David had an earlier affair when Fiona was the au pair and a girl of sixteen. He further believes the affair was the cause of his mother’s suicide. Jameson resolves to expose the earlier affair, ruin his father, and free Fiona from his clutches. But what hope is there of defeating an evil genius without becoming a genius oneself?
  • Blue/Whitney
    Blue/Whitney follows Dana Wing, a wealthy and puritanical mother from suburban New York whose 15-year-old daughter Whitney runs away to the city and is killed. The police arrest Virgil, 16, black, and Whitney's boyfriend while she was missing. Dana is able to watch Virgil's interrogation and becomes convinced of two things: Virgil is innocent and she has absolutely no idea who her daughter was....
    Blue/Whitney follows Dana Wing, a wealthy and puritanical mother from suburban New York whose 15-year-old daughter Whitney runs away to the city and is killed. The police arrest Virgil, 16, black, and Whitney's boyfriend while she was missing. Dana is able to watch Virgil's interrogation and becomes convinced of two things: Virgil is innocent and she has absolutely no idea who her daughter was. Dana bails Virgil out of jail in order to get a tour of Whitney's life in the months before she died. This causes high outrage from all quarters: husband, police, even Virgil's mother. Through Virgil, Dana learns about Whitney from Whitney's friends in the Manhattan neighborhood where Whitney lived. Each revelation is more shattering and incomprehensible than the last but Dana insists on the truth at all costs even as she grows more and more precarious herself. Finally, she meets the famous Zeke, a strange, loquacious 17-year old heroin dealer with long prematurely grey hair, who claims he can deliver all Dana wants to know.
  • Red River Falls
    In Edina, Minnesota in 1973, Charles is 16 and terrifying his deeply religious parents. Suddenly his schoolwork is excellent, he tells the truth about everything, and claims he has been transported through lucid dreams to his 84th year. Has he been driven mad by fanatical parents? Love for Civics teacher Miss Swanson? Guilt over his drug dealing and the death of a schoolmate? A dark comedy about free will,...
    In Edina, Minnesota in 1973, Charles is 16 and terrifying his deeply religious parents. Suddenly his schoolwork is excellent, he tells the truth about everything, and claims he has been transported through lucid dreams to his 84th year. Has he been driven mad by fanatical parents? Love for Civics teacher Miss Swanson? Guilt over his drug dealing and the death of a schoolmate? A dark comedy about free will, destiny, and the mysterious truths of the divided self.
  • The White Cave
    A young man lets his mind wander in his hospital room. A quadriplegic obsessed with trying to remember what brought him to the moment when he drove his car intentionally into a wall, he does battle with his orderly, his nightmares, and his own imagination which literally has him bouncing off the walls.
  • Dark Age
    In 13th century England, a scholar monk writes down a legend against his better judgment about an immortal wandering Jew cursed by Christ, knowing it will cause harm. At the moment of his own death he is cursed with immortality as a punishment for his cowardice, and wanders the earth searching for a way to die.