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  • Michael Weller

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    Michael Weller

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    Weller is the author of 40+ produced plays. Among his best known: Moonchildren, Loose Ends, Spoils of War, and Fifty Words.   He is the author of the screenplays for Hair, Ragtime, Lost Angels and Spoils of War, and was a writer/producer on the television series “Once and Again.” A musical from the Boris Pasternak novel "Dr Zhivago," for which he wrote the book (Des McAnuff director, Lucy Simon music, Amy Powers and Michael Korie lyrics), opened on Broadway in April 2015, and his adaptation of the novel The Fill Catastrophe by David Carkeet, premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in July/August 2015 where his newest play, “Toppledon/A Welcome Guest" was commissioned and premiered in 2019. Based on private mentoring throughout his career he designed and developed the acclaimed Mentor Project for of the Cherry Lane Theatre, and served for it’s first ten years ten years as Supervising Mentor. Hi work has earned an Academy Award nomination, an N.A.A.C.P. Outstanding Contribution Award, Critics Outer Circle Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, and the Helen Merrill Award. The Broken Watch Theatre Company named their playhouse in his honor. He is President emeritus of the Writer’s Guild Initiative, and a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, East and the Dramatists Guild of America. 


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    How Plays Work 1

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