Donald Gecewicz

Playwright

Donald Gecewicz is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Most recently, his play All-American Boy was a finalist in the 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical contest, after being a semifinalist in the 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. In summer 2016, Red Bird Chapbooks published a small book of his epigrams, entitled Rosehill. He and Kristina Schramm cowrote a four-episode comedy of antiquity called The Romans, in which he acted as a household god. Magic Lantern was part of In the Works playwright residency program of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in autumn 2013. From 2007 to 2012, he was an artistic associate of the poetic Caffeine Theatre. Caffeine Theatre produced his play, Like the Moon behind the Clouds, adapted from the literary/travel memoir of Carla Vasio, which opened at the Chicago Cultural Center in January 2008. In April 2001, his play Night Battles premiered at Live Bait Theater in Chicago (nomination, Joseph Jefferson citation for best new work). His translation and adaptation of Colette’s Chéri premiered at Live Bait Theater in March 1999 (nomination, Joseph Jefferson citation for best adaptation). In January 2001, Gecewicz was awarded an individual fellowship in translation by the National Endowment for the Arts to support work on contemporary Italian poet Giovanni Raboni. From 1997 to 2006, he was administrative advisor to Live Bait Theater and then served on the board of directors. For ten years, he was a network playwright at Chicago Dramatists and was also appointed a senior network playwright there. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Highlights

Finalist, 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest, Pride Films and Plays, for All-American Boy.

Semifinalist, 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, for All-American Boy.

In the Works, residency program of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, September 2013, for Magic Lantern, with a peformance of the workshopped script on 30 September 2013. Directed by Keaton Wooden.

Semifinalist, 2006 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, for Break of Day.

National Endowment for the Arts, translation projects grant, 2001. Individual project grant to support the translation of Every Third Thought by contemporary Italian poet Giovanni Raboni.