Randy Weiner is an American playwright, producer and theater/nightclub owner. Weiner co-wrote the Off-Broadway musical The Donkey Show and, as one-third of EMURSIVE, produced the Drama Desk Award winning New York premiere of Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. He is co-owner of NYC "theater of varieties" The Box and The Box Soho.
Weiner was born Edward Randall Weiner, the son of a New York banker and lawyer. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University. On October 1, 1995, he married fellow theater arts graduate Diane Paulus.
Weiner and Paulus along with a few other theater school graduates established a small theater troupe in New York City called Project 400 Theatre Group. With Project 400, Weiner and Paulus specialized in creating avant-garde musical productions which married classic theater and modern music. These included a rock version of The Tempest, an R&B Phaedra and a hip-hop Lohengrin.
In collaboration with Paulus, Weiner co-created The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which ran off-Broadway from 1999 to 2005 and was revived in 2009 for Paulus' first production as director of the American Repertory Theater. Critics cited the production as an exemplary of a trend in which edgy avant-garde theater had become fashionably mainstream.
In February 2007, Weiner cofounded (with partners Richard Kimmel and Simon Hammerstein) the Box theater on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The cabaret theater has drawn attention for its risque burlesque acts. In September 2009, Weiner and Hammerstein announced the opening of Purgatorio, a temporary Halloween-season nightclub with a macabre sex-based theme.
In January 2014, Weiner and partner Aby Rosen unveiled the Diamond Horseshoe supper club in midtown Manhattan. Once presided over by legendary nightlife impresario Billy Rose, the venue has undergone a $20 million dollar renovation and plays host to Weiner's latest immersive spectacle, Queen of the Night.
Weiner has served on the Advisory Committee on the Arts at Harvard University. He has guest lectured on theater arts at Columbia University, Barnard College, New York University, and Yale.
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