Les Hunter

Les Hunter

LES HUNTER’s plays have been produced or developed by: Playwrights Local, Theater 167, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theater, Bates College, Baldwin Wallace University, St. Joseph’s College, Manhattan Theatre Source, Artistic New Directions, and America-in-Play. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Indie Theatre, and Brooklyn Publishers. His play TO THE ORCHARD was a Jewish Plays Project 2016...
LES HUNTER’s plays have been produced or developed by: Playwrights Local, Theater 167, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theater, Bates College, Baldwin Wallace University, St. Joseph’s College, Manhattan Theatre Source, Artistic New Directions, and America-in-Play. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Indie Theatre, and Brooklyn Publishers. His play TO THE ORCHARD was a Jewish Plays Project 2016 International Jewish Playwriting Contest Finalist. His musical GETTING THERE was developed with Ben Morss of the band Cake as part of the Milikin University new musical development program. Hunter’s writing on theater has appeared in American Theatre Magazine, Theatre Survey, Offoffonline, The Dramatist, The Eugene O’Neill Review, HowlRound, Ecumenica, Text & Presentation and as chapters in the books Performing the Progressive Era (University of Iowa Press) and Experimental O’Neill (Rare Bird Press). He also has publications in the journals Fiction Southeast, Chanter, Barnhouse, and Cutbank.

Dr. Hunter is the Ohio Regional Representative of the Dramatists Guild of America. He was previously the Curator of New Plays at LaGuardia Performing Arts Complex in New York City and co-founder and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective, also in New York. A graduate of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University, his MFA in playwriting is from Boston University where he studied with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, and his PhD is in theater history from Stony Brook University. He is currently an assistant professor of English and Theatre at Baldwin Wallace University and lives in Lakewood, OH with his wife Elana.

Plays

  • 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.
  • Weimar
    A collaboratively written full length, originally directed by Anjanette Hall, music by Joshua P. Cohen.

    (6-12W). In WEIMAR, a radical women's collective attempts to resist the authoritarian inclinations of their recently elected government.

    Written by Kenzie Marie Critzer, Sha-Lemar
    Davis, Esma M. Eddeb, Brittany Ganser,
    Danyel Geddie, Delaney Hagy, Anjanette...
    A collaboratively written full length, originally directed by Anjanette Hall, music by Joshua P. Cohen.

    (6-12W). In WEIMAR, a radical women's collective attempts to resist the authoritarian inclinations of their recently elected government.

    Written by Kenzie Marie Critzer, Sha-Lemar
    Davis, Esma M. Eddeb, Brittany Ganser,
    Danyel Geddie, Delaney Hagy, Anjanette
    Hall, Les Hunter, Bryce Evan Lewis, Sarah
    Rupp McKee, Genesis Rosado, Libby Tofig,
    Brooke Turner, and Sydnee

    For more info, contact Les Hunter
  • 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...
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Dating Curveball
    Did April and Coach’s love for each other really end when they lost the championship game of their softball league? Certainly their love of competition did not! Now, they are rival dating coaches who teach four lovelorn clients to believe in themselves in this fast-paced and unreasonably silly game of curveballs, foul play, stolen bases and stolen hearts.
  • A True Story of the Madness of Prosody as Told by a Handsome and Intelligent Narrator -or- Bill & Kit’s Exquisite Adventour
    A 10 minute play on the exquisite literary adventours of Bill and Kit. By Les Hunter, poetry by Jason Harris.