Jason Odell Williams
Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated television producer. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway at New World Stages and The Westside Theatre as well as in theatres across the country. A 2016 NNPN Rolling World Premiere, his play Church & State was nominated for a BEST NEW PLAY AWARD by the Off-Broadway Alliance, three L.A. Ovation Awards including Best Playwriting for...
Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated television producer. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway at New World Stages and The Westside Theatre as well as in theatres across the country. A 2016 NNPN Rolling World Premiere, his play Church & State was nominated for a BEST NEW PLAY AWARD by the Off-Broadway Alliance, three L.A. Ovation Awards including Best Playwriting for an Original Play and named one of Huffington Post's TOP TEN Theatre Productions of 2016. Published by DPS, Church & State is scheduled to have 46 regional productions in 26 different states by the end of 2019. Church & State was recently optioned by Gigi Films and Jason was hired to adapt it into a screenplay with his wife and collaborator Charlotte Cohn. Their original pilot “Birdland” was a Top Ten Finalist in the 2015 Tracking Board pilot competition.
Jason’s first play Handle With Care (also published by DPS) was a New York Times Critics’ Pick when it ran Off-Broadway starring Carol Lawrence. The play has been produced 25 times in the last five years in the U.S. and Canada, and won three Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Production. His newest play THE WHOLE SHEBANG was recently named a Semi-Finalist for the 2019 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. That play was also named a finalist for the 2018 InterAct Theatre Company's New Play Development Award and was selected for a workshop reading in Florida Studio Theatre's 2018 New Play Reading Series. Other plays include: Someone Else (World Premiere, NC Stage); Baltimore in Black & White (the cell theatre). Readings: Primary Stages, The Blank, The Lark, EST, The Actors Studio, as well as developmental readings starring Norbert Leo Butz, Matthew Lillard and Tovah Feldshuh. More at jasonodellwilliams.com
"Mr. Williams has achieved something special: He has written a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy...which exudes gobs of comic energy and insight."
—The New York Times (Critics' Pick)
“Playwright Jason Odell Williams is a postmodern Clifford Odets. His conservative Southerners are winning, strikingly intelligent, and above all, sincere in their beliefs. The moral struggle that follows fuels a sophisticated dialectic that presents both sides of the gun debate. It’s surprisingly subtle and gripping entertainment… Simply superb!”
– L.A. Times
“A powerful, often humorous, and highly contemporary piece [with] several surprises, four fascinating characters, and so many lines that resonate.” – Huffington Post
"Williams has written a crackling script! Powerful, humorous and so resonant. I wish every member of Congress would see it!" - NPR
“Keep your eye on playwright Jason Odell Williams. If he keeps writing plays as extraordinary and impassioned as his latest play, ‘Church & State,’ he may in time be hailed as this country’s newest Eugene O’Neill.” – Santa Monica Daily Press
“A captivating, thought-provoking new play sure to only advance the career of a promising new dramatist. [A] brightly intelligent and often hilariously on-target script, it is deserving of high praise! Brilliant… furiously funny and disarmingly real. Takes our breath away!” – Arts in L.A.