Savyon Liebrecht (APPLES FROM THE DESERT) is an internationally acclaimed and award winning author and playwright. Liebrecht was in 1948 in Munich to Holocaust survivors who left Germany for Israel shortly there after. She studied literature and Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Savyon’s work depicts the Israeli Reality: the conflict between Isarelis and Palestinians, between religious and non-religious Jews and the effect of the Holocaust on the children and grandchildren of survivors. Her first collection of stories, Tappuḥim min ha-Midbar ("Apples from the Desert”) appeared in 1986. She has published eight books including collections of short stories, novellas and novels and of which many have been translated to English, French, German, Chinese and many other languages. Three of her short stories have inspired Israeli television films and four Israeli films have been based on her stories including Apples from the Desert (2013). Savyon wrote the play Apples from the Desert which produced by Tel Aviv’s Beit Lessin Theatre and won the 2006 Best Play Award. Savyon also won Best Play Awards for her plays I am Speaking to You in Chinese, The Banality of Love and Rochale’s Wedding. Her plays have been produced around the world including Germany, Turkey, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Austria, The Philippines and the United States.
Rich Orloff (JENNIFER'S BIRTH) is the author of 15 award-winning full-length comedies, 12 collections of short plays, and the documentary-style plays CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY (finalist, Woodward/Newman New Play Award) and VIETNAM 101: THE WAR ON CAMPUS. His comedy FUNNY AS A CRUTCH was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and his comic revue ROMANTIC FOOLS has had over 60 productions on four continents, including a 20-month run in Madrid. His play OY! called ”Highly entertaining. From these sketches you could kvell” (NYT) was produced Off-Broadway and at Jewish theatres cross North America including Theatre Ariel. His full-length works have had over 200 productions at such theaters as Dayton Playhouse, Detroit Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Phoenix Theatre Company, Stage East, West Coast Ensemble, and English Theatre of Hamburg. Rich’s short plays have received over 1200 productions on six continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica). His short comedies have been published seven times in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology eries, more than any other playwright in the last twenty years. More at www.richorloff.com.
Lanford Wilson (Tally's Folly) was born in 1937 in Lebanon Missouri. When is parents divorced, and his mother remarried a farmer from Ozark, Missouri, Wilson lived in Ozark until he graduated from Ozark High School. In 1957 Wilson moved to Chicago where he realized that the short stories he had been writing for years actually worked better in play form. Wilson relocated to New York City in July 1962. In 1963, his short one-act play, So Long at the Fair, was produced at the Caffe Cino, a pioneering Off-Off Broadway theatre. In 1969 Wilson’s The Gingham Dog opened on Broadway. That year Circle Repertory Company was organized by Wilson and three of his theater associates including his life long professional collaborator and friend the director Marshall Mason. For almost two decades the Circle Repertory Company premièred Wilson’s most critically acclaimed and successful plays, including Talley’s Folly, Serenading Louie, The Mound Builders, Fifth of July, and The Hot l Baltimore. The Hot l Baltimore ran for over a thousand performances in 1973, winning the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play and an Obie Award. Many of Wilson’s plays moved from either the Circle Repertory Company or regional theater companies to Broadway. His plays were nominated for Tony awards three times, and in 1980 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Talley’s Folly. Wilson was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2001 and to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. In addition to writing plays, Wilson wrote librettos for several twentieth century operas. Wilson adapted Anton Chekhov’s Play Three Sisters for the Hartford Stage Company. Langford Wilson passed away in 2011.