Michael Alan Herman

Michael Alan Herman

Michael Herman is a playwright and screenwriter from the greater Los Angeles area. He is one of the writers behind James Franco’s latest film The Mad Whale and holds an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Michael has also seen publications in theatre through the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Roustabout Theatre Troupe, and Fairweather Fox Productions. In addition to...
Michael Herman is a playwright and screenwriter from the greater Los Angeles area. He is one of the writers behind James Franco’s latest film The Mad Whale and holds an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Michael has also seen publications in theatre through the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Roustabout Theatre Troupe, and Fairweather Fox Productions. In addition to his theatre success, Michael has also been published in comics (Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime) and literature (Contract Terror).

Through these publications, he has come to believe there is no art more precious than collaboration.

Plays

  • Spaceling
    A painter struggles to keep an alien lifeform hidden in his house amid a budding scientific investigation.
  • Mad as a Hatter
    Theophilus Carter is content with his small tailor’s shop on High Street, thank you very much. But when his best friend publishes a nonsense book called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and uses him as the inspiration for The Mad Hatter, his sensible shop becomes a mad house of uppity Londoners trying to get a peek at the real Mad Hatter. As Theo struggles to maintain his simple life, and Lewis Carroll roars...
    Theophilus Carter is content with his small tailor’s shop on High Street, thank you very much. But when his best friend publishes a nonsense book called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and uses him as the inspiration for The Mad Hatter, his sensible shop becomes a mad house of uppity Londoners trying to get a peek at the real Mad Hatter. As Theo struggles to maintain his simple life, and Lewis Carroll roars to success as one of England’s greatest authors, it’s bound time for a puckish young woman named Alice to find her way back into the Hatter’s life. As a real world look into the lives that made Wonderland, MAD AS A HATTER explores the burden of nostalgia, the whimsy of madness, and the undeniable power of play.
  • Chasing Clouds
    In a world where silver linings are collected and sold, two elderly “cloud farmers” struggle to maintain their farm and their relationship as their monthly deadline approaches. But when Earl Cooper falls victim to a tragic accident, this month might be their last.
  • Maestro
    When the maestro to the king dies in 18th century Vienna, two genius composers compete to claim the royal position. Through love, pistols at dawn, and outrageous sarcasm, one of them remains a misunderstood genius while the other becomes the maestro.
  • Mouse Man
    When the esteemed psychologist Colleen meets a darkly whimsical little girl in an abandoned amusement park who obsesses about a creature called “The Mouse Man”, Colleen sacrifices her sanity to unmask the monster.
  • Eldritch
    After his daughter is disformed by a curse, a Celtic cleric sacrifices everything he has in an attempt to heal the wounds he's formed between them. As a dark fairytale set in pagan Ireland, this play explores monstrosity, adolescence, and ultimately love.
  • Making Purple
    When two rival painters are mistakenly double-booked at a prestigious venue, both artists do whatever it takes to claim the spot as their own, including sabotaging each other's work. Through sarcasm, paint, and ultimately love, these two intellectuals find out exactly what it takes to "make purple".