Daniel Hirsch

Daniel Hirsch

Daniel Hirsch is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist based in Pittsburgh. His theatrical work has appeared at Custom Made Theatre, the Asylum Theater of Las Vegas, Bay One Acts Festival, the SF Olympians Festival, and has been a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Playwright's Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He is a two-time recipient of the the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting...
Daniel Hirsch is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist based in Pittsburgh. His theatrical work has appeared at Custom Made Theatre, the Asylum Theater of Las Vegas, Bay One Acts Festival, the SF Olympians Festival, and has been a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Playwright's Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He is a two-time recipient of the the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award for his pilot script Traitorous and his feature-length screenplay Sheepish. He wrote the libretto for a new opera with composer Soosan Lolavar which will be performed at Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London in July 2017. His journalism has appeared in Slate, San Francisco Magazine, SFGate, and The Bold Italic and he has been a recipient of a Society for Professional Journalism award for his work writing about housing issues in San Francisco. He has an MFA in dramatic writing at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

Plays

  • Roguish Machine
    A new technology is poised to make you obsolete. A mysterious folk hero named Ned Ludd has come to town plotting this machine’s destruction. Do you join Ludd, grab a hammer, and swing? Or, do you wait and see how this whole Industrialization thing shakes out? Inspired by the Industrial Revolution’s Luddite Uprisings as well as the politics of our own self-driving Uber age, Roguish Machine tells the story of...
    A new technology is poised to make you obsolete. A mysterious folk hero named Ned Ludd has come to town plotting this machine’s destruction. Do you join Ludd, grab a hammer, and swing? Or, do you wait and see how this whole Industrialization thing shakes out? Inspired by the Industrial Revolution’s Luddite Uprisings as well as the politics of our own self-driving Uber age, Roguish Machine tells the story of Charlie and Eliza, two siblings whose fates diverge with the arrival of a newfangled, mechanical invention. Who gets left behind, and who gets unforeseen opportunities, when technology marches inevitably forward? 
  • Subtenant
    Rick can’t get into his dead son’s laptop. Sasha can’t get Rick out of her apartment. Together, these two—along with the computer that becomes a ghostly, and rather smug, presence—form an unlikely household. Both wish they better understood the departed roommate and son that brought them together—though Sasha may not be sharing all that she knows about the young man’s last days.