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Alexander Dinelaris

ALEXANDER DINELARIS

  (1968 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Creative Artists Agency NY  

Alex was nominated for two Drama Desk awards in 2003 for his work on the additional book and lyrics for the Off-Broadway hit, ZaNNa DON't. Currently, he is working on writing the screenplay for academy award Nominee, alejandro Gonzalez-Inirraitu's (BaBeL, 21 GRaMS) next film. His critically acclaimed play the CHaOS theORIeS, which recently had a staged reading starring Kathleen Chalfant, ally Sheedy and Karen Ziemba, played to sold out audiences and was a top pick (New York Times/Daily News) of the 2004 New York Fringe Festival. at the moment, he has two plays optioned for Broadway: FOLDING the MONSTeR (with academy award nominee Danny aiello) and STILL LIFe, slated for Broadway in early 2009. His newest play, ReD DOG HOWLS, which addresses the armenian genocide recently ran for a limited engagement at the el Portal Theatre in Los Angeles. It starred Kathleen Chalfant and received enthusiastic reviews from the Los Angeles Times. Other works include BIG KIDS, aDaM & eVeLYN and PatheTIQUe. He has been a script doctor for New Line Cinema and recently finished work on his first television pilot entitled CRISIS CeNTeR: NYC. Alex attended Barry University, where he received the Mac McKindree scholarship for Drama. He is represented by Olivier Sultan and the Creative artists agency.

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

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        Adam And Evelyn         Big Kids         Bodyguard, The         Chaos theories, The         Folding the Monster         In This, Our Time. . .         On Your Feet         Pathetique         Red Dog Howls         Still Life         Zanna, Don't



Adam And Evelyn

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Big Kids

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Bodyguard, The

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the musical is based on the hit film of the same name, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in a romantic tale of a music superstar Rachel Marron falling in love with her bodyguard Frank Farmer. the film's soundtrack became as successful as the film, making 'I Will Always Love You' an instant classic. the film used a number of other Houston songs such as 'Run to You' and 'I Have Nothing' which are included in the musical adaptation. the score includes a host of Houston's famous songs including 'Queen of the Night', 'One Moment in Time', 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' and the immortal 'I Will Always Love You'.

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Book by Alex Dinelaris, based on Lawrence Kasdan's 1992 Warner Bros film

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Chaos theories, The

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the Chaos theories is set in and around a posh New York City restaurant. the play begins with a conversation outside the restaurant between an actress and a man who may or may not be stalking her. Immediately, we are shifted indoors, where a snide waiter serves drinks to a variety of characters including an obnoxious stockbroker, a tyrannical father, a woman bleeding from her forehead, and a playwright meeting with a powerful Hollywood producer. This dark comedy comments on a society that has stopped listening to one another. and while there are a few glimmers of hope, and a lot of huge laughs, the play's shocking conclusion bespeaks a much bleaker worldview.

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McGinn Cazale theatre, NY - 2007

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FringeNYC     2004

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Shotgun Productions

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dark comedy

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Folding the Monster

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Rehearsed Reading At Pantheon Theatre, New York     2004

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Shotgun Productions

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In This, Our Time. . .

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part of DummerShorts 5

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59e59 theaters
59 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022     04 Aug 2011

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On Your Feet

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The Emilio and Gloria Estefan story

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Book by Alexander Dinelaris, featuring music produced and recorded by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

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Marquis Theatre, New York     05 Oct 2015

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Pathetique

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This evening of new short plays is inspired by Susan Sontag's book On Photography. the producers describe it as illuminating "the complexities and questions that photography raises. From grieving parents left with only a photo of their deceased son to a cheeky calendar photo shoot, the collection of short plays looks at the medium from a variety of angles and offers searing, heartfelt and even funny riffs on Sontag's commentary. the evening serves as a modern call and response between cultural criticism and performing Arts."
nytheatre.com

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part of A Thousand Words: Seven Short Plays On Photography

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Interart Annex, NY     2006

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Red Dog Howls

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the story concerns the legacy of the armenian genocide on Michael Kiriakos, a troubled thirty-something New York writer who's haunted by psychological ghosts he wants to banish before his first child is born. But to get to a place of light, he must tunnel into a pit of darkness that threatens to swallow his identity, his marriage and even his unborn baby. When Michael discovers a box of letters written to his beloved deceased Father, he is compelled to explore his family's dark and most shocking history. Penned by his Grandmother Rose, believed to be long dead, but in fact still alive at 91, and harboring a devastating family "curse," he must find her, to go on with his own life.

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El Portal Theatre, Los Angeles     2008

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Gang of Five- New York

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Still Life

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This is from the press release: "In Still Life, photographer Carrie ann inexplicably shuts down at the pinnacle of her career. Lost, and afraid to even pick up a camera, her sudden descent is interrupted by a whirlwind romance with Jeff, a trend analyst who becomes determined to help her move on, even while facing his own dark future."

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reading - Gramercy Arts theatre, NY, 2006

1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel Theatre, NY     05 Oct 2009

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MCC Theater

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY (2011)   978-0822224440

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Zanna, Don't

Zanna, Don't
Zanna is a gay cupid and he takes his love wand to the High School Dance. "Makes you think of "Grease" - but with a difference" - Bruce Weber New York Times

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Music, lyrics, book by Tim Acito. Additional book And lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris

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John Houseman Theatre, New York     2003

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Musical. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

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