Dennis Porter


  A graduate of Cambridge University (BA) and the University of California at Berkeley (PhD), Dennis Porter is a reformed academic resident in Amherst, Massachusetts. The author of books on European and U.S. literature and culture—THE PURSUIT OF CRIME (Yale), HAUNTED JOURNEYS (Princeton), ROUSSEAU’S LEGACY (Oxford)—a decade ago he decided to devote his writing life exclusively to works for the stage.  In his career as playwright he has written numerous works of varying lengths (from full-length and one-act to ten-minutes) and genres (from psycho-political drama to comedic works, including even farce) many of which have received major awards accompanied by festival productions or staged readings--see below.


Full-length: RAINBOW WITH STRINGS, John Gassner Award, New England Theatre Conference, Boston (1998)—wild and woolly dramatization of the life of Alfred Jarry. ALL THE REST, Julie Harris Playwriting Award, Beverley Hills Theatre Guild (2001)--a psycho-political drama set in a collapsing central European state. Also a finalist in the Warehouse Theatre, London, International Festival (2000). SEX-WISE, finalist in Long Beach Playhouse Festival (2006)--contemporary American farce.  And workshop production at the Provincetown Theatre (2012), Massachusetts. ADELE’S WAY, HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY (2009)—drama of end of life choices. Also read in Playwrights Revolution Series, Capital Theater, Sacramento (2012) AMERICANA, Julie Harris Playwriting Award, semi-finalist (2009)—a controversial take take on Lillian Hellman as an American Mother Courage.  Also a semi-finalist in the 2012 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. SURPRISED BY LOVE AGAIN, translation/adaptation of Marivaux comedy, public reading at Remy Bumppo Theatre, Chicago, (2011) LET THEM EAT PROUST, finalist, Playwrights First Award, National Arts Club, Manhattan One-act:  BETWEEN MEN, Midtown International Theater Festival, NY (2016) and Dubuque Fine Arts Players (2010).  BRAGGING RIGHTS, finalist, Tennessee Williams One-Act Contest, New Orleans (2003).  Also read at the Last Frontier Theater Conference, Valdez, Alaska (2005). HOW BIG’S A BADGER, Civic Theatre, Spokane, First Stage, Los Angeles, (2005). SET PIECE, Pittsburgh New Works Festival (2004), original dramatization of the death of Chekhov.  Also published in The Massachusetts Review (2006) THE POLITICS OF IT, Pittsburgh New Works (2009). Short works: Among many 10-minute plays performed, BILLIE was a finalist in the Heideman Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville (2003) and performed at the Boston Marathon Theatre (2004) and Cleveland Public Theatre (2007).  TORTURE 101, First Stage, Los Angeles, (2006).  FLUSHING BLACKBERRIES, Provincetown Theatre (2010). LOST AND FOUND, Ashland New Plays Festival (2011), Boston Theater Marathon (2016) and the Santa Cruz Actors