Richard Weill, a practicing lawyer and former prosecutor in Westchester County, New York, has been writing plays since 1976. His legal thriller Framed premiered in Oxnard, California in 2016 to standing-room-only audiences, a run extended by popular demand, and critical acclaim (“The script is engaging, entertaining, highly credible, and well worth your time. … the script bears an uncommon authenticity, as well as being literate, concise and cogent.” Ventura Breeze, May 11, 2016; “Weill’s courtroom experience is evident in both the attorneys’ background discussions and in the snippets of trial scenes” in a play that “offers a killer performance that will keep audience guessing,” Ventura County Star, May 13, 2016). On the second anniversary of Framed's Oxnard opening, Sidney Books released Mr. Weill's fascinating account of the play's eight-year journey from conception to the page to the stage: We Open in Oxnard Saturday Afternoon.
Mr. Weill's play Sisters, suggested by an unsolved 1966 murder, starts in the present and moves backwards scene-by-scene to tell the story of how a crime changed a prominent family – and why.
Besides Sisters and Framed, Mr. Weill has written a fictional version of Agatha Christie’s 1926 disappearance (Imperfect Alibi), a comedy-drama set in 1950's New York about the 23-year collaboration of two mystery writers (Hardbound); a thriller about adultery and betrayal (The Other Woman), a two-character thriller (Seed of Doubt), and an evening of three short plays about crime and crime writers (Constant Companions).
In addition, Mr. Weill has written two plays about young artists (Emergence of the Soul; The Unframed Canvas),a political comedy (Another County Heard From), a one-man play (This … Is Murrow), an allegory about baseball’s Black Sox scandal (And the Echo Answered Fraud), a play set in the New York Civil Jail (This Little World), a musical version of Waiting for Godot (The Vaudevillians), and a screenplay about a baseball broadcaster (The Voice of Summer).