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Episode 35
Israel Horovitz with Peter Parnell

 

There’s no doubt about it: writer’s block is frustrating, even crazy-making. Join veteran playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz with Council member Peter Parnell In The Room for a conversation about finding inspiration in simple places.


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ISRAEL HOROVITZ

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director

Israel Horovitz has written over 70 plays, several of which have been translated into as many as 30 languages and performed worldwide. His play Line is now in its 39th year of continuous performance off-Broadway. He is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage Company, and of the New York Playwrights Lab. Horovitz teaches a bilingual screenwriting workshop with writers from la Fémis, France's national film school, and Columbia University's graduate film program. He is married to Gillian Adams-Horovitz, former British National Marathon Champion and Record holder, and former USA Track & Field (Masters) Marathon Champion. The Horovitz family divides its time among homes in Gloucester, Massachusetts, NYC’s Greenwich Village, and London’s Dulwich Village. Mr. Horovitz visits France, frequently, where he often directs French-language productions of his plays. He is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history.


Works Include:  The Comeback (1958); The Death of Bernard The Believer (1960); Line (1967); The Indian Wants The Bronx (1968); Leader (1969); Acrobats (1971); Alfred The Great (1972); The 75th (1974); Stage Directions (1976); Cappella (1978); A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley (1978); Park Your Car In Harvard Yard (1980);  Year of the Duck (1986); Barking Sharks (1995); Sins of The Mother (2003); 50 Years Of Caddying (2006); The Hotel Play (2007); 2nd Violin (2008).  


Israel Horovitz’s personal website: http://www.israelhorovitz.com/

PETER PARNELL

Playwright, Screenwriter

Peter Parnell is the Vice President of The Dramatists Guild Council and his plays include Trumpery (Atlantic Theatre Company), QED (Mark Taper Forum, Vivian Beaumont, LCT), a two-part stage adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules (Seattle Rep, Taper, Atlantic, American Theatre Critics Association Award). His other plays, Sorrows of Stephen, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Romance Language, Hyde in Hollywood, Flaubert’s Latest, and An Imaginary Life, were first produced by the Public Theater and at Playwrights Horizons. For television, Parnell was a co- producer for The West Wing, and a producer for The Guardian, Inconceivable, and Six Degrees. He has served on the Literary Award Committee of PEN, and has taught writing at Dartmouth, the New School, Columbia, and the Yale School of Drama. His children's’ book, And Tango Makes Three, co-authored with Justin Richardson, was an American Library Association Notable Book, a Henry Bergh Award winner, and has been on the ALA’S Top Ten List of Most Banned Books for 2006-2010.


Works Include: Sorrows of Stephen (1979); The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (1982); Romance Language (1984); Hyde in Hollywood (1989); Flaubert’s Latest (1992); An Imaginary Life (1993); The Cider House Rules (adaptation) (1998); QED (2003);  Trumpery (2007).


Peter Parnell’s DG Member Profile: http://www.dramatistsguild.com/memberdirectory/getmembership.aspx?cid=6709