Theresa Rebeck (born February 19, 1958) is an American playwright, television writer, and novelist. Her work has appeared on the Broadway and Off-Broadway stage, in film, and on television. Among her awards are the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. In 2012, she received the Athena Film Festival Award for Excellence as a Playwright and Author of Films, Books, and Television. [1 ] Early life and education [edit ]
Rebeck was born in
Kenwood, Ohio, and graduated from Cincinnati's Ursuline Academy in 1976. [2 ] She earned her undergraduate degree at the [3 ] University of Notre Dame in 1980, and followed that with three degrees from [4 ] Brandeis University: an MA in 1983, a M.F.A. in Playwriting in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Victorian era melodrama, awarded in 1989. [5 ] Career [edit ]
Past New York productions of her work include
Mauritius on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage Theatre; Bad Dates and The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. (co-written, finalist for the Omnium Gatherum Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre in 2003. Her play [6 ] The Understudy, premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer of 2008, with a cast including Reg Rogers, Bradley Cooper and Kristen Johnson, and ran in New York at the Roundabout Theatre from October 2009 - January 2010, featuring Julie White, Justin Kirk, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the cast. Rebeck was attached as a book writer for the new musical [7 ] Ever After, based on the Drew Barrymore movie of the same name. That show was expected to start pre-Broadway tryouts in San Francisco in April 2009, but was postponed. Her play, [8 ] , ran at the Mauritius Pasadena Playhouse in California from March 27 through April 26, 2009. [9 ]
played on Broadway starting in October 2011, and starred Seminar Alan Rickman. In May 2014 Seminar premiered in San Francisco at [10 ] San Francisco Playhouse receiving outstanding reviews. Her play [11 ] Fool premiers at the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas, in February 2014. [12 ]
In television, Rebeck has written for
, Dream On , Brooklyn Bridge , L.A. Law , American Dreamer , Maximum Bob , and First Wave . She has been a writer/producer for Third Watch Canterbury’s Law, Smith, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent . Through March 2012 she was one of the executive producers for the NBC musical series NYPD Blue , which she created, and which also debuted on February 6, 2012. Her produced feature film screenplays include Smash , Harriet the Spy Gossip, and the independent feature Sunday on the Rocks.
Rebeck’s other publications include
Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business. She has written for American Theatre magazine and has had excerpts of her plays published in the . Rebeck’s first novel, Harvard Review Three Girls and Their Brother, was published in 2008 by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books.
She has received awards including the Mystery Writers of America’s
Edgar Award, the Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody Award, all for her work on . She has won the National Theatre Conference Award (for NYPD Blue The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003 for The Bells. Mauritius was originally produced at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, where it received the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play as well as the Elliot Norton Award. In 2010, Rebeck was honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for an American playwright in mid-career.
Rebeck is a board member of The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, and has taught at Brandeis University and
Columbia University. In 2014 she will join the faculty of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Playwriting. [13 ]
Poor Behavior opened Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in August 2014. The play premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in 2011. [14 ]
Rebeck is married, residing with her husband, Jess Lynn, and two children, Cooper and Cleo in Brooklyn. "Three Girls and their Brother" is dedicated to both Cooper and Cleo.
In an article in the
in September 2007, she said that her plays were about "betrayal and treason and poor behavior. A lot of poor behavior." New York Times [15 ] Television [edit ]
For her work on
, Rebeck was awarded a NYPD Blue Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award and a Writers Guild of America award for Episodic Drama. Plays [edit ]
Her other work as a
playwright includes: Full-length (2012) Dead Accounts [16 ] (2011) Seminar Poor Behavior (2011) O Beautiful (2011), written for the professional actors at the University of Delaware [17 ] The Understudy (2007) [18 ] (2007) Mauritius [19 ] Our House (2009) (2006) The Scene The Water’s Edge (2006) The Bells (2005) (2003) (co-written with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros) Omnium Gatherum Bad Dates (2003) Dollhouse (2000) The Butterfly Collection (2000) Abstract Expression (1998) View of the Dome (1996) Sunday on the Rocks (1994, Final version - 1996) The Family of Mann (1994) Loose Knit (1992) Spike Heels (1990, Final version - 1992) One Acts Mary, Mother of God, Intercede for Us (2006) Aftermath (2005) Off Base (2005) How We Get to Where We're Going (2004) Train to Brooklyn (2003) Deliver Me (2003) The Actress (2002) Art Appreciation (2002) Funeral Play (2001) Josephina (2001) First Day (2000) Walk (1999) Great To See You (1998) The Contract (1997) Katie and Frank (1996) Does This Woman Have a Name? (1993) What We Are Up Against (1992) Candy Heart (1992) Drinking Problem (1991) Big Mistake (1991) Sex With The Censor (1990) The Bar Plays (1990) Film [edit ]
Her work as a
screenwriter (or story writer) includes: Fiction [edit ] Twelve Rooms with a View" (2011) Three Girls and Their Brother: A Novel by Theresa Rebeck" (2009) Non-Fiction [edit ] "Free Fire Zone: A Playwright's Adventures on the Creative Battlefields of Film, TV, and Theater" (2007) Personal life [edit ]
Rebeck lives in
Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, Jess Lynn, and two children. [15 ] Bibliography [edit ] Rebeck, Theresa (1999), Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays Volume I, 1989 - 1998 (1st ed.), Smith & Kraus, ISBN 1-57525-172-8 Rebeck, Theresa (2007), Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays Volume II 1999 - 2007 (1st ed.), Smith & Kraus, ISBN 1-57525-444-1 Rebeck, Theresa (2007), Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays Volume III Short Plays 1989 - 2005 (1st ed.), Smith & Kraus, ISBN 1-57525-447-6 References [edit ] ^ The Athena Film Festival: http://athenafilmfestival.com/ ^ Kiesewetter, John. title = Kenwood native delves into criminal mind on . Law & Order . November 18, 2001. Cincinnati Enquirer ^ "The Women of the Years". Ursuline Academy. Theresa Rebeck '76 ^ FTT Talks presents Theresa RebeckAuthor, playwright, and screenwriter“Writing for the Stage, Screen and Page. University of Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre Department. September 18, 2008. "ND '80". ^ "Class Notes: 1980s". Brandeis Magazine. Brandeis University. Summer 2011. Theresa Rebeck, M.A.’83, M.F.A.’86, Ph.D.’89 ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review; A Feisty Feast Of Wicked Wit". The New York Times. September 26, 2003. ^ Laura Pels Theatre. Roundabout Theatre Company. ^ "Kathleen Marshall Will Direct Broadway Debut of 'Ever After' Based On 1998 Cinderella Film" playbill.com ^ McNulty, Charles. "Review: 'Mauritius' at Pasadena Playhouse". LA Times. April 5, 2009. ^ Jones, Kenneth. Broadway's Seminar, Starring Alan Rickman, Available in Presale Sept. 6-16; General Sale Starts Sept. 17". Playbill.com, September 6, 2011. ^ "San Francisco Theatre" . Retrieved . 2014-05-14 ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Theresa Rebeck's 'Fool' Opens at the Alley Theatre Feb. 26" playbill.com, February 26, 2014 ^ Acclaimed Playwright Theresa Rebeck Joining UH School of Theatre & Dance by Mike Emery. University of Houston News & Events, 2 Jun 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-09. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Ethics and Infidelity: Theresa Rebeck Comedy playbill.com, August 17, 2014 Poor Behavior Opens Off-Broadway Tonight" ^ a b Simonson, Robert. "An Acute Interest in Bad Behavior". The New York Times. September 23, 2007. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Katie Holmes to Return to Broadway in Theresa Rebeck's 'Dead Accounts' This Fall" playbill.com, July 19, 2012 ^ Healy, Patrick. Staging the Politics of Abortion. New York Times. April 13, 2011. ^ "Review: The Understudy". . Time Out Boston http://timeoutboston.com/ . Retrieved . 22 January 2014 ^  pasadenaplayhouse.org External links [edit ]
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