Joshua Ford

Joshua Ford

Joshua Ford is the Helen Hayes Award-nominated playwright of MIKLAT which received its World Premier at Theater J in Washington DC in 2002. The play was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play. MIKLAT went on to subsequent productions at Florida Stage, Jewish Theatre of the South and several other regional productions. TO KILL A KING is his first major work in ten years and has been...
Joshua Ford is the Helen Hayes Award-nominated playwright of MIKLAT which received its World Premier at Theater J in Washington DC in 2002. The play was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play. MIKLAT went on to subsequent productions at Florida Stage, Jewish Theatre of the South and several other regional productions. TO KILL A KING is his first major work in ten years and has been recognized as a “Top Ten Play” by the 2015 Jewish Plays Project, was a semifinalist for the 2014 Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference and was workshopped as part of the 2014 Locally Grown Festival at Theater J. The gap in output is explained in part by a financial emergency brought on by the birth of his twins and in part due-to a fulfilling job overseeing the arts programs at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center where he directed the Washington Jewish Film Festival and worked on bringing artists, writers and filmmakers such as Michael Chabon, Regina Spektor, Dan Savage, Alan Berliner, Eytan Fox, David Grossman, Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander, Art Spiegelman and others to DC audiences. He has been a blogger for the Washington DCJCC’s Blog at 16th and Q, and his own personal site.. He has recently returned to dramatic writing and is excited to pursue new theatrical projects. Born in New Jersey and educated at Grinnell College in Iowa, he lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife, the writer Melissa Ford and their twins. He is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist grant from the Maryland State Council on the Arts, member of the Dramatists Guild and a playwriting fellow at Arena Stage's "Playwrights' Arena" as part of their second cohort.

Plays

  • Grey Hat
    "Grey Hat" takes us through the looking glass in the story of Dalya Freed - a first-year college student and computer science major who stumbles upon a major domestic spying operation while working with her lab partner, Zenobia on an programming project. What she does once she discovers the covert program pulls back the veil and forces her family, Zenobia and the audience to choose sides. Is she part...
    "Grey Hat" takes us through the looking glass in the story of Dalya Freed - a first-year college student and computer science major who stumbles upon a major domestic spying operation while working with her lab partner, Zenobia on an programming project. What she does once she discovers the covert program pulls back the veil and forces her family, Zenobia and the audience to choose sides. Is she part of a principled resistance or a saboteur?
  • City of Good Abode
    The story behind the events of the 1968 Sanitations Workers Strike that ultimately brought Martin Luther King to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4.
    (formerly titled: TO KILL A KING)
  • Miklat
    *Helen Hayes Awards Nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play*
    A comedy set during the first Gulf War in Jerusalem. As Saddam Hussein threatens to rain Scud missiles
    down on Israel, Mark Kleinman refuses his parents’ plea to return to the safety of the US. When they arrive
    in the Holy City to try and convince him to return, they discover he has joined an ultra-Orthodox...
    *Helen Hayes Awards Nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play*
    A comedy set during the first Gulf War in Jerusalem. As Saddam Hussein threatens to rain Scud missiles
    down on Israel, Mark Kleinman refuses his parents’ plea to return to the safety of the US. When they arrive
    in the Holy City to try and convince him to return, they discover he has joined an ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva
    and agreed to an arranged marriage. When they meet an embittered secular Israeli with a vendetta against the
    ultra-Orthodox, a misunderstanding leads to a kidnapping.
  • Pluripotent
    A 10-minute play based on a true science scandal in Japan.