Jeff Stolzer

Jeff Stolzer

My full-length plays include SURVIVORS (Arts Club of Washington National Playwriting Award; winner, Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival and Texas Nonprofit Theatres New Play Project; O’Neill Playwrights Conference, semifinalist; Princess Grace Award, semifinalist); UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT (Woodward/Newman Drama Award, finalist; Detroit New Works Festival, winner; Last Frontier Theater Conference; Blank...
My full-length plays include SURVIVORS (Arts Club of Washington National Playwriting Award; winner, Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival and Texas Nonprofit Theatres New Play Project; O’Neill Playwrights Conference, semifinalist; Princess Grace Award, semifinalist); UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT (Woodward/Newman Drama Award, finalist; Detroit New Works Festival, winner; Last Frontier Theater Conference; Blank Theatre Living Room Series); STORAGE LOCKER (IATI Theater Mainstage; Robert J. Pickering Award, finalist/third place; Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte nuVoices Festival, semifinalist); THE TRIALS OF MOLLY GREENBERG (Lionheart Theatre Make the House Roar Prize, semifinalist; Ohio State-Newark New Play Contest, honorable mention); and PARALYZED (JET Theater Festival of New Plays, Ohio State-Newark New Play Contest, third prize; Colonial Players Promising Playwright Award, finalist; NEWvember New Play Festival, finalist; McLaren Memorial Comedy Play Writing Competition, semifinalist ). My short plays ANYTHING ELSE?, SHALL WE?, SMALL WORLD, WHERE ARE WE?, THE SURPRISE PARTY, EMERGENCY ROOM, GUN SHOP, JUST A STUPID HORROR MOVIE and THE HOLDING ROOM have been produced at one-act festivals in New York and around the country. EMERGENCY ROOM received the 2012 Upstage Playwright Award from Upstage Theatre in Houston, Texas. I'm a former question writer for ABC's WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE and Fox's SPORTS GENIUSES. And I was the sole writer for 400+ episodes of the syndicated radio show LITTLE KNOWN LEGENDS OF SPORTS. BA, Brown University. MFA, University of Southern California. Member: Dramatists Guild of America; Writers Guild of America, East; and PEN America.

Plays

  • STORAGE LOCKER
    A married couple gets a lot more than they bargained for after winning the bidding on an abandoned storage locker that they hope contains something extremely valuable.

    STORAGE LOCKER garnered Third Place in the 2014 Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence competition. It was a Semifinalist in the 2014 Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte nuVoices Festival and the 2015 Wordsmyth Theatre New Play Reading Series.
  • SURVIVORS
    After his landlord triples the rent, Henry Cohen, a Polish-Jewish refugee from World War II, refuses to close his small barber shop in Los Angeles and retire. Instead, he raises prices and hires a second barber, Isaac Roth, a widower who lives in the neighborhood, and business improves. But Henry’s wife Ruth, an Auschwitz survivor originally from Romania, grows suspicious of Isaac after he seems vague about the...
    After his landlord triples the rent, Henry Cohen, a Polish-Jewish refugee from World War II, refuses to close his small barber shop in Los Angeles and retire. Instead, he raises prices and hires a second barber, Isaac Roth, a widower who lives in the neighborhood, and business improves. But Henry’s wife Ruth, an Auschwitz survivor originally from Romania, grows suspicious of Isaac after he seems vague about the details of his past and eventually confronts him about his personal history, unearthing long-buried secrets that change their lives forever.

    SURVIVORS received the 2009 Arts Club of Washington National Playwriting Award, was a finalist for the 2014 Colonial Players Promising Playwright Award and garnered Second Place in the 2014 Jewel Box Theatre Playwriting Competition. It was twice a Finalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition (2009, 2010) and was a Semifinalist for the 2013 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the 2010 Princess Grace Playwriting Award and the 2009 Playwrights First Award.
  • UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
    After spending a drunken night with NFL quarterback NOAH WOODWARD, cocktail waitress KAYLIE ROBBINS rebuffs his sexual advances the following morning and discovers that his romantic pillow talk was manipulative and insincere. Upset by his deceit and lies, she leaves. But they will meet again – first in her attorney’s conference room and then in a court of law – after she accuses him of a serious crime....
    After spending a drunken night with NFL quarterback NOAH WOODWARD, cocktail waitress KAYLIE ROBBINS rebuffs his sexual advances the following morning and discovers that his romantic pillow talk was manipulative and insincere. Upset by his deceit and lies, she leaves. But they will meet again – first in her attorney’s conference room and then in a court of law – after she accuses him of a serious crime.

    UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT was a Finalist for the 2014 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.
  • PARALYZED
    An embittered, wheelchair-bound actor writes a stirring autobiographical play about his disability that deeply moves his agent, attracts the attention of Broadway’s biggest producer and introduces him to a beautiful, wheelchair-bound actress. But he faces difficult choices and compromises to actually get the work mounted on the Great White Way.

    PARALYZED was awarded Third Prize in 2015 Ohio State...
    An embittered, wheelchair-bound actor writes a stirring autobiographical play about his disability that deeply moves his agent, attracts the attention of Broadway’s biggest producer and introduces him to a beautiful, wheelchair-bound actress. But he faces difficult choices and compromises to actually get the work mounted on the Great White Way.

    PARALYZED was awarded Third Prize in 2015 Ohio State-Newark New Play Contest. It was a Finalist for the 2015 NEWvember New Play Festival and a Semifinalist for the 2015 McLaren Memorial Comedy Play Writing Competition.
  • THE TRIALS OF MOLLY GREENBERG
    Los Angeles, California, 2003: Desperate to keep her nontraditional family together, a single mom marries the foreign-born boyfriend of her gay brother so the boyfriend can get a green card. But unexpected events and unforeseen romantic entanglements threaten to tear the family apart.

    THE TRIALS OF MOLLY GREENBERG was a Semifinalist for the 2010 Lionheart Theatre Make the House Roar Prize and...
    Los Angeles, California, 2003: Desperate to keep her nontraditional family together, a single mom marries the foreign-born boyfriend of her gay brother so the boyfriend can get a green card. But unexpected events and unforeseen romantic entanglements threaten to tear the family apart.

    THE TRIALS OF MOLLY GREENBERG was a Semifinalist for the 2010 Lionheart Theatre Make the House Roar Prize and received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Ohio State-Newark New Play Contest.
  • POWER PLAYS
    POWER PLAYS is a full-length comedy-drama that follows a modern Everyman named Mark through a series of episodes, from young adulthood to middle age, that force him to seize or relinquish power. These darkly-comedic scenes witness Mark struggling with his love life; tangling with some of America's hot-button political issues (gun ownership, sexual harassment in the workplace and NSA spying); wrestling with...
    POWER PLAYS is a full-length comedy-drama that follows a modern Everyman named Mark through a series of episodes, from young adulthood to middle age, that force him to seize or relinquish power. These darkly-comedic scenes witness Mark struggling with his love life; tangling with some of America's hot-button political issues (gun ownership, sexual harassment in the workplace and NSA spying); wrestling with his sexuality; and dealing with unresolved issues that he had with his late father. In despair about the seemingly cursed nature of his life, Mark eventually discovers that the key to happiness has nothing to do with power…and everything to do with compassion.
  • SAM AND RICK
    SAM AND RICK is a two character play that recounts the true story of the unlikely friendship between acclaimed author Samuel Beckett and Rick Cluchey, an inmate in San Quentin Prison who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. A prison production of Beckett's masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT changed Cluchey's life, leading him to start a drama workshop for inmates that brought him...
    SAM AND RICK is a two character play that recounts the true story of the unlikely friendship between acclaimed author Samuel Beckett and Rick Cluchey, an inmate in San Quentin Prison who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. A prison production of Beckett's masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT changed Cluchey's life, leading him to start a drama workshop for inmates that brought him considerable acclaim and eventually the commutation of his sentence and parole. Released from prison, Cluchey founded a theater company for ex-cons and eventually made his way to Paris, where he met Beckett. A long friendship and numerous creative collaborations ensued. This is a remarkable story of individual redemption and the transformational power of theater.