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Gabriel Jason Dean

GABRIEL JASON DEAN

  (1979 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  

Gabriel Jason Dean is a New York / Austin based Theatre-maker who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. His plays have been produced or developed at Theatre Row,Hangar Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Lark, New York Stage & Film, Oregon Shakespeare, the Kennedy Center, PlayPenn, ASSITEJ International, Red Orchid Theatre,Aurora Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, People's Light and Theatre, Dad's Garage Theatre, Actor's Express, Horizon Theatre, FronteraFest, Source Festival, the Cohen New Works Festival, Essential Theatre, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Gabriel received the Kennedy Center's ACTF 2012 Paula Vogel Prize, Theatre for Young Audiences Award and was Runner-Up for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg National Playwriting Award. In 2011, Gabriel received the Kennedy Center's ACTF Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work from an emerging writer and was Runner-Up for the New Dramatist's Princess Grace Award. His script for children, the Transition of Doodle Pequeno, received the 2013American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award, the 2011 New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award and was selected for the 2012 Kennedy CenterNew Visions / New Voices Conference. Gabriel is the recipient of the 2010 Essential TheatreNew Play Prize for Qualities of Starlight. A short play, PigSkin won the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. Gabriel was voted "Favorite Local Playwright" in Creative Loafing--Atlanta and is the recipient of the James A. Michener Playwriting Fellowship, the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs Playwriting Award, the Porter Fleming Prize for Fiction, the Sidney Lanier Prize for Poetry, and a winner of the Horizon Theatre Young Playwright's Festival. Other plays have been finalists or semi-finalists for the Seven Devils Conference,the O'Neill Theatre Conference, Portland Center Stage's JAW Festival, Bay Area Playwright's Festival, Interact's 20/20 Commissions, Page 73 Fellowship, the Julliard Wallace Fellowship,Lark Play Development Center and Aurora Theatre Global Age Project. His scripts are published through Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing and Playscripts. Gabriel's poetry, fiction and journalism has been published in Snake Nation Review, the Tower, Eclectica Magazine,the Melic Review, and Creative Loafing. He received the Porter Fleming Prize for Fiction and the Sidney Lanier Prize for Poetry. Gabriel is currently on faculty for Spalding University's Brief-Residency MFA Program and a CORE Writer at the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis. BA:Oglethorpe University. MFA: UT-Austin Michener Center for Writers.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        Bacha Bazi (Boy Play)         Beowulf         Blue Fingernails         Buy My House Please!         D'Angelico         Down the Mountain         Fugue For Amorous Tornadoes         Heartland         Iron Moon         Mario and the Comet That Stopped the World         Piece         Pigskin, The         Qualities Of Starlight         Riffed         Saltwater In the Eye         Something Quiet         Terminus         Transition Of Doodle Pequeno, The         Women Of Thornwell, The



Bacha Bazi (Boy Play)

Synopsis:
Aaron is an American documentary filmmaker come to Northern Afghanistan to shoot a documentary about bacha bazi (literally translated "boy play")- an ancient Afghan tradition in which young boys dress in women's clothing and dance for wealthy warlords at parties. Afterwards, the boys are prostituted to the highest bidder. But when he meets Hafiz, a young and beautiful bacha bi reesh (beardless boy), Aaron's journalism gets personal and the lines of east and west blur.

Notes:
Winner of the Kennedy Center ACTF Paula Vogel Prize, Runner-up for New Dramatists' Princess Grace Award. Under option with Davenport theatrical, New York, New york

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  9+            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Beowulf

Synopsis:
the great warrior Beowulf comes to the aid of the King of the Danes in a quest to kill the monster Grendel and free his people from terror. as he follows the heroic code of their ancient society, he must face new dangers and overcome the challenges of being a king. a re-telling of the classic epic poem, this adaptation highlights the language of the original in a hybrid style of movement, music, and ritual.

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1st Produced:
Actor's Express (Atlanta, Ga, United States)     2003

Organisations:
actor's express

1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
45-60 min Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 either (6-11 actors possible: 0-11 males, 0-11 females)

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Blue Fingernails

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1st Produced:
Dad's Garage Theatre     2009

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Genre:
comedy Ten Min

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Buy My House Please!

Synopsis:
Think your wallet's tight? Imagine you're seven month's pregnant and suddenly discover that your husband lost his job and your house is going into foreclosure in 60 days. . .just in time for the new baby! Meet Bryn Lark, a young elementary school art teacher in a desperate situation. at the suggestion of their flamboyant Realtor, Bryn and her husband agree to put their house and lives on the market. . .on a national reality TV show called BUY MY HOUSe. . .PLeaSe! hosted by celebrity interior designer, Shelby Whitstone. To top it all off, Bryn's estranged Father wants to make peace with her in the middle of the hullabaloo. What ensues in this highly theatrical, visually inventive story, is pure hilarity as the Larks discover the true meaning of "home."

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1st Produced:
Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, Ga     09 Oct 2009

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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D'Angelico

Synopsis:
A blues man is dead, leaving two sons to sort out his legacy. Jonas, a big shot NYC attorney, returns to Attapulgus to make funeral arrangements and find his father's missing 1953 D'Angelico guitar. When he visits his brother in prison, Jonas gets a lot more from Palace than the guitar. Like an insistent blues refrain, long buried family secrets rise to the surface. Past meets present and the future is forever changed.

Notes:
Part of the Attapulgus Elegies. Through the lives of the citizens of Attapulgus, the 7 play collection chronicles the demise of a small mill town in Appalachia at the end of the 20th century.

1st Produced:
The Blue Theatre, Austin, Tx (Workshop Production)    

Organisations:
FronteraFest

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Genre:
Drama

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Down the Mountain

Synopsis:
After her release from prison, Helly McLeod returns to Attapulgus hoping to rekindle her life with Abe and their now thirteen year old son, Jacob. Trouble is, Abe's married and Jacob has never heard of Helly. Juxtaposing now and then, Down the Mountain goes after the ache that exists between what once was and what has come to be. A story of reclamation, redemption and a convict mother's sacrifice for her son.

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Part of the Attapulgus Elegies. Through the lives of the citizens of Attapulgus, the 7 play collection chronicles the demise of a small mill town in Appalachia at the end of the 20th century.

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Genre:
Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Fugue For Amorous Tornadoes

Synopsis:
Fugue for amorous Tornadoes is literally a romance between two tornadoes. Piper (Kari Ginsburg) is a sultry and jealous lover of Five (Christian Sullivan), a strong and independent force who can't be contained and goes where the winds take him. they are reunited after Piper finally tracks Five down after a prior encounter (You can't just swallow a girl up like that and leave her in the clouds.)
- Steven McKnight, dctheatrescene.com

Notes:
part of the 2011 Source Festival of new plays

1st Produced:
Source, 1835 14th Street Nw, Washington, Dc     19 Jun 2011

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Genre:
short play

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Heartland

Synopsis:
Dr Harold Banks daughter had been killed by the Taliban. A young Afghani man arrives at his home claiming to have been a friend of the daughter. They become room mates and try to come to terms with loss and forgiveness

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Genre:
Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Iron Moon

Synopsis:
Iron Moon tells the story of a rural Southern family of misfits desperately seeking to connect with God and each other. It is the story of their collective journey toward redemption. the play is semi-biographical as it is inspired from real-life events in Mr. Dean's own family. In the surrealistic haze of a dream the action of the play leaps in and out of reality, from 1939 to the present and from poetry to prose leaving the audience mesmerized. although the play has a religious tone it is not for the faint of heart - as it puts faith to the test and reminds us of the potential horror of our own collective morality.

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1st Produced:
Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, Ga     2007

Organisations:
aurora Theatre

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Genre:
Drama comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Mario and the Comet That Stopped the World

Synopsis:
A comet is heading for Earth. Some scientists say it will miss - others that it will hit the Earth. Mario and his rubber ducks are prepared

Notes:
Music by David Dabbon; lyrics by Gabriel Jason Dean; David Dabbon; book by Gabriel Jason Dean

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Genre:
Youth musical

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Piece

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1st Produced:
Horizon Theatre, Atlanta, Ga     2005

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Genre:
comedy Ten Min

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Pigskin, The

Pigskin, The
A 17 year old high school football star has a secret

Notes:
From the initial pool of over 850 submissions, the Final Forty plays were chosen to be performed over a period of one week. a panel of judges comprised of celebrity playwrights, theatrical agents and artistic directors nominated one or more of each evening's plays as finalists. the final round was then held on the last day of the festival. Out of these plays, six winners were chosen by Samuel French, Inc. to receive publication and licensing contracts.

1st Produced:
Lion Theatre, Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036     18 Jul 2010

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1st Published:
in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 35th Series, Samuel French, Inc. (January 19, 2011)   978-0573699306

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Genre:
Gay, one act

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Qualities Of Starlight

Synopsis:
theo Turner is a young cosmologist on the verge. But theo's "big bang" isn't theoretical. His universe explodes when he and his wife travel to Attapulgus to deliver news about an impending adoption and discover that theo's aging parents are meth addicts. A comedy about the frailty of faith, the unspoken bonds of family, and the mysterious expansion of the universe.

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Part of the Attapulgus Elegies. Through the lives of the citizens of Attapulgus, the 7 play collection chronicles the demise of a small mill town in Appalachia at the end of the 20th century. http://www.gabrieljasondean.net/GD/Press.html

1st Produced:
Essential Theatre     2010

Organisations:
Essential Theatre

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Genre:
Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Riffed

Synopsis:
Two brothers - Palace: serving a life sentence for murder; Jason: a criminal attorney - share a terrible family secret. When Jason's firm gets his brother released, it leaves the ex-con with no place to live, so Jason and his fiancee find themselves taking in a heavily tattooed houseguest. as their mutual father, a traveling blues guitarist, makes a visit, Palace painfully unearths the brothers' devastating secret. Riffed explores the complications of abused love and tackles the gray area between justice and forgiveness. as Dad riffs on his guitar, the play leaves audiences in a dizzying tailspin of emotion filled with the woeful sounds of a lonely blues guitar.

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1st Produced:
Actor's Express, Atlanta Ga     2005

Organisations:
actor's express

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Saltwater In the Eye

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Something Quiet

Synopsis:
Lesbian couple Redwine and Jayce live in a commune. Their best friend Marco is a perpetual student. Redwine proposes but is turned down and they break up. Marco is at a loss without his two best friends. He devises a plan to get them back together. The result is both women get pregnant

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Genre:
Lesbian full length

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Terminus

Synopsis:
Eller Freeman and her bi-racial grandson Jaybo live together down by the railroad tracks. When Eller's health and sanity begin to fade, her tragic and violent past haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. On the verge of discovering love and a place in the world, seventeen-year-old Jaybo struggles to provide what his wily grandmother needs most.

Notes:
Part of the Attapulgus Elegies. Through the lives of the citizens of Attapulgus, the 7 play collection chronicles the demise of a small mill town in Appalachia at the end of the 20th century.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
PlayPenn

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Transition Of Doodle Pequeno, The

Synopsis:
It's Halloween in Southern California, the Santa Ana winds blow fiercely and nothing is as it seems. This magic-filled, multiple award-winning play for all ages is about two boys who become friends in spite of their differences. It examines the consequences of misused language, provides insight into the lives of Mexican-immigrant children and interrogates the issues of gender-identity and homophobic bullying.

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Winner of the American Alliance of theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award; Winner of the Kennedy Center ACTF theatre for Young Audiences Award; Winner of the New England theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award; Runner-up for the 2012 Kennedy Center ACTF Mimi & Harold Steinberg National Playwriting Award

1st Produced:
Oscar Brockett Theatre, Austin, Tx     2011

Organisations:
University of Texas-Austin Workshop Production

1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p3638/the-Transition-of-Doodle-Peque%C3%B1o/product_info.html (2013)   1583428542

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Genre:
Comedy, theatre for Young Audiences

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Women Of Thornwell, The

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1st Produced:
Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Ga     2001

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Genre:
comedy One act

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