Jeffrey Sweet

Playwright Composer Lyricist Librettist Dramatist

Jeffrey Sweet was part of the wave of new writers, actors and directors that transformed Chicago’s off-Loop theater scene beginning in the Seventies.  In Chicago he put up a string of new works and Chicago premieres including Flyovers (Jeff Award), The Action Against Sol Schumann (ATCA Award), American Enterprise (ATCA and Kennedy Center Awards, Best Play Citation), Court-Martial at Fort Devens (Audelco Award), Bluff (Jeff nomination), With and WithoutPorch and his solo show, You Only Shoot the Ones You Love.  His most-produced play, The Value of Names, was a particular favorite of Jack Klugman, who starred in it in six theatres, including the George Street and the Falcon where it was an LA Times critic’s choice.  His newest play, Kunstler, played off-Broadway in 2017 at 59e59th Street after runs at Hudson Stage and in the Fringe (where it was named a Time Out critic’s choice); it moved to a run at Barrington Stage and a tour is planned.