Les Hunter

Les Hunter

Les Hunter wrote for all three parts of the collaborate JACKSON HEIGHTS TRILOGY (Theatre 167, NYC; published: Indie Theater Now). His other plays include DOWN BY CONTACT (Development: Convergence Continuum and Dobama Theatre), CYRANO DE BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (published: Playscripts, Inc.), TO THE ORCHARD (Playwrights Local 4181, Cleveland; 2016 Jewish Play Project finalist), FIRST BASE COACH (published:...
Les Hunter wrote for all three parts of the collaborate JACKSON HEIGHTS TRILOGY (Theatre 167, NYC; published: Indie Theater Now). His other plays include DOWN BY CONTACT (Development: Convergence Continuum and Dobama Theatre), CYRANO DE BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (published: Playscripts, Inc.), TO THE ORCHARD (Playwrights Local 4181, Cleveland; 2016 Jewish Play Project finalist), FIRST BASE COACH (published: Brooklyn Publishers) and BIGGEST BREAK (Artistic New Directions, NYC). Les is Assistant Professor of English and Theater at Baldwin Wallace University. His articles on theater have appeared in American Theatre Magazine, Text and Presentation, Experimental O'Neill, and The Dramatist; his reviews have appeared in Theatre Survey, Ecumenica, Cutbank, and The Eugene O'Neill Review. He is a member of the Playwrights GYM at Dobama Theatre, founder of Brooklyn Playwrights Collective, Literary Director of Theatre 167, former Curator of New Plays at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and a participant of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University. M.A., Brooklyn College, M.F.A., Boston University, Ph.D., Stony Brook University.

Plays

  • Cyrano de Bergen County, New Jersey
    When it's discovered that two likable jocks, Gene and Ralph, haven't read Cyrano de Bergerac for a big test the next period, Ridgewood High's cafeteria is thrown into disarray as the assembled students rack their brains to help them. Claire, a whiz kid with a ridiculously oversized unibrow and a secret crush, devises an elaborate plan to stage the entirety of the play in order to help the hapless...
    When it's discovered that two likable jocks, Gene and Ralph, haven't read Cyrano de Bergerac for a big test the next period, Ridgewood High's cafeteria is thrown into disarray as the assembled students rack their brains to help them. Claire, a whiz kid with a ridiculously oversized unibrow and a secret crush, devises an elaborate plan to stage the entirety of the play in order to help the hapless athletes. An uproarious, fast-paced spoof of Edmond Rostand's classic. Script available at Playscripts, Inc.: https://www.playscripts.com/play/1816
  • Down By Contact
    DOWN BY CONTACT tells the story of a former pro quarterback who in retirement struggles with the debilitating effects of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The play is based on the lives of former football players and their families.
  • NOTES TOWARDS A DIALECTICAL THEATER, DECONSTRUCTED, RECONSTRUCTED, AND ULTIMATELY DISCARDED: A Love Story
    Point A is a character outside the presentation but within the dialectic; Point B is a character inside the presentation within the dialectic; Brecht told us, the audience, NOT TO STARE SO ROMANTICALLY (“Glotzt nicht so romantisch!”) at the presentation, but what happens when we do?
  • Entanglement: A Historical Fantasy of Almost-Love and Almost-Loss, Art History and Entry-Level Quantum Physics
    Entanglement takes two historical characters, the physicist (and “father” of quantum mechanics) Erwin Schrodinger and the art historian Gertrud Bing. The conceit of the play is simple: Schrodinger’s concept of light as a wave and its implications is eerily similar in general overview to Bing and her mentor Aby Warburg’s theory of the history of art, which was developed at about the same time, albeit in a vastly...
    Entanglement takes two historical characters, the physicist (and “father” of quantum mechanics) Erwin Schrodinger and the art historian Gertrud Bing. The conceit of the play is simple: Schrodinger’s concept of light as a wave and its implications is eerily similar in general overview to Bing and her mentor Aby Warburg’s theory of the history of art, which was developed at about the same time, albeit in a vastly different field. My play is a historical fantasy of both personages and their ideas, and is also a tale, as the current subtitle suggests, of (almost) love and (almost) loss between Bing and Schrodinger.
  • To the Orchard
    In TO THE ORCHARD, college student Rachel Bergman is propelled to reveal her sexual identity to her conservative father, who has hidden his own past for years. An Orthodox rabbi, a queer studies professor, and the spirits of Robert Plant and Virginia Woolf inhabit this slightly magic-realist play about family, making mistakes, retribution and coming clean. -National Foundation for Jewish Culture New Play...
    In TO THE ORCHARD, college student Rachel Bergman is propelled to reveal her sexual identity to her conservative father, who has hidden his own past for years. An Orthodox rabbi, a queer studies professor, and the spirits of Robert Plant and Virginia Woolf inhabit this slightly magic-realist play about family, making mistakes, retribution and coming clean. -National Foundation for Jewish Culture New Play grant -Readings at Boston Playwrights Theatre and Brooklyn College -Grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation -Jewish Plays Project 2016 Jewish Playwriting Contest Top 10 Finalist -World premiere from Playwrights Local 4181 (Cleveland, OH) in May, 2016