WRITER’S BLOCK: Plays about Vietnam, Watts, Arab-Americans, and Dead Fathers
“Wisdom That Men Seek” by Robert Liebowitz, features a father and son squaring off for one final battle – twenty years after the father’s death. This is an excerpt from the original play, which premiered Off-Broadway and is now being made into a feature film. (15 min)
“Webbs” by Ted Montuori, concerns two kids in the military – one white, one black – who suddenly find themselves in the cross hairs of the turbulent year of 1966, when Vietnam and, at the same time, a small neighborhood near Los Angeles called Watts were erupting in flames. (15 min)
“Yusef” by Mohammed Said Ali, concerns the struggles, dreams, and fears of the newest wave of the American Immigrant Experience – the Arab-American. An unexpected pregnancy is only one of the plot lines in this searing three-person drama. (15 min)
Guest actors from various professional venues will be appearing in these pieces and a Q&A followed the short presentations.
Mohammed Saad Ali: A repertory member of Genesis Repertory, he recently created the role of Achak in Earthmen, which premiered Off-Broadway, and will join the cast of the upcoming film version. He is currently working on scripts for a new stage work and several poetry projects.
T.L. Montuori has been involved with the theater since the 1970s. He was an original member of None of the Above Repertory, and his debut as a playwright, Bags, received critical acclaim when performed in Greenwich Village. His latest work – co-authored with Mr. Liebowitz – was San-Man: A Life in Garbage presented at Theater 22 in New York.
Robert Liebowitz’ plays been produced throughout the country since his debut production in New York in 1983. He has taught playwriting for years; his first collection of works, “Awake & Aggravated” received critical acclaim. He just completed his first book, “Just A Fan,” a collection of essays about sports, to be unleashed into the world in early 2013, and his play, Wisdom That Men Seek, will be made into a major motion picture. He is pleased with the work and growth his students have demonstrated.