Deb Margolin

Deb Margolin is a playwright, actor and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of ten full-length solo performance pieces, which she has toured throughout the United States, and is the recipient of a 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. Deb’s play O Wholly Night and Other Jewish Solecisms, a solo piece investigating the recondite and sexy nature of waiting for the Messiah, was commissioned by the Jewish Museum of New York. PS122 presented Three Seconds in the Key, a meditation on illness, love, basketball and Yiddish, in a workshop production in NYC; the play was premiered under the auspices of New Georges at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Her play Imagining Madoff was nominated in 2012 for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in Washington, DC, and for the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production for its New England debut at New Repertory Theater Company in Boston last January.

Deb has been artist in residence at Hampshire College and University of Hawaii and Zale writer-in-residence at Tulane University, and is currently an Associate Professor in Yale University’s undergraduate Theater Studies Program. A book of Deb’s performance pieces and plays, entitled Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO, was published in 1999 by Cassell/Continuum Press. Deb was awarded the 2005 Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence at Yale University, and the 2005 Kesselring Playwriting Prize. In 2008 she was honored to accept the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, and is a proud member of New Dramatists. 8 STOPS, Deb’s most recent solo work, was written during the Dael Orlandersmith writing residency at the Kimmel Art Center in Philadelphia. She lives in New Jersey.

Publications

Plays

 

Split Britches

— acted in and co-wrote with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

—  Jan Cohen Cruz’s loft, New York City, 1980

Bringing the Fishermen Home

— work-shopped at Dixon Place in New York City

— part of the New Work Now! Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theater

— premiered in April of 1999 at the Cleveland Public Theater

Critical Mass

— premiered at Performance Space 122 in New York in 1997

Seven Palestine Children

Turquoise (comedy)

Bonnie Josephs (solo piece)

Chelsea Coffee (solo piece)

Upwardly Mobile Home (comedy)

— part of the Split Britches company

— acted in and co-wrote with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

Lesbians Who Kill

— written for Shaw and Weaver

— One Dream Theatre, New York City, 1992

O Yes I Will (solo piece)

— Dixon Place, New York City, 2007

Three Seconds in the Key (drama)

— workshop production in NYC

— premiered at Baruch Performing Arts Center

— Kesselring Prize winner in 2005

— commissioned by The Public Theater

Why Cleaning Fails

— presented by HERE Arts Center in New York, 2002

Index to Idioms (solo piece/performance novel)

— premiered at Culture Project in New York in 2005

O Wholly Night and Other Jewish Solecisms (solo piece)

— commissioned by the Jewish Museum of New York

8 Stops (solo piece/comedy)

— premiered at Kimmel Art Center

Imagining Madoff

— nominated in 2012 for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in Washington, DC

— nominated for the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production

— New England debut at New Repertory Theater Company in Boston

— opened in 2010 at Stageworks/Hudson in New York

Clarisse and Larmon

—  presented at the Humana Festival, 2007

— presented at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, 2007

Rock Scissors Paper (comic drama)

— production in Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 2002

 

Theatrical Work

 

College Musical

— actress, 2014

The Foxy Merkins

— actress & dramaturg, 2013

Countertransferene (short)

— actress, 2008

 

Awards

 

—  Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence at Yale University (2005)

— Kesselring Playwriting Prize (2005)

— Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award (2008)

— OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance (1999-2000)

 

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