David Greenspan

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David Greenspan
Born 1956 (age 58–59)
Los Angeles, California
Residence New York City, New York
Occupation Stage actor, playwright
Partner(s) William Kennon

David Greenspan (born 1956) is an American actor and playwright. He is the recipient of five Obies, including an award in 2010 for Sustained Achievement.[1]


Greenspan was born in 1956 in Los Angeles, California. He holds a B.A. in Drama from the University of California at Irvine. He lives in New York City with his long-time partner, the painter William Kennon.[2]


"A classicist in experimental clothing, David Greenspan is a playwright who is also passionately involved in the theatre as an actor and director. From his early more autobiographical plays (one of which, Principia, took inspiration from the shifting modalities of Joyce’s Ulysses) to more recent works inspired by (and at times adapted from the work of) Hawthorne, Stein, Molnar, and Thorton Wilder, Greenspan’s theatre is a place where anything can happen. Deliciously complicated, incredibly funny, the work, whether tragic, tender, mysterious or cruel, betrays a profoundly empathic imagination. Both wildly conjured and deeply attentive to diverse literary and theatrical traditionsfrom vaudeville and Greek mythology to the Bible and boulevard comedyGreenspan’s plays ask big questions about history, creation, sexual behavior, the complications of family and the very act of performing a play."[3]

In 2009 he collaborated with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields in a musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, under the direction of Leigh Silverman. In an interview with Lizzie Olesker in The Brooklyn Rail, Greenspan describes the musical: "We suggest things. Not like a large animated musical. There’s no amplification of our voices. We wanted something that was more direct and immediate as opposed to something coming out of a wall of sound."[4]

List of works[edit]


  • The Horizontal And The Vertical, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1986
  • Dig A Hole And Bury You Father, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1987
  • Jack, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1987
  • Principa, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1988
  • The Home Show Pieces, world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1988[5]
  • 2 Samuel 11, Etc., world premiere HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, NYC, 1989
  • Dead Mother, Or Shirley Not All In Vain, world premiere NYSF/Public Theater, 1991
  • Dog In A Dancing School, world premiere Dance Theater Workshop, NYC, 1993
  • Son Of An Engineer, world premiere HERE Arts Center, NYC, 1993
  • Start From Scratch, world premiere New Renaissance @ Greenwich House, NYC, 1993
  • Them, world premiere Actors Theater of Louisville, 1993
  • Only Beauty, reading NYSF/The Public Theater, NYC, 1997
  • Five Frozen Embryos, world premiere New York Fringe Festival, 2002
  • She Stoops To Comedy, world premiere Playwrights Horizons, NYC, 2003[6]
  • The Argument, world premiere Target Margin Theater, NYC, 2007[7]
  • Old Comedy From Aristophanes' Frogs, world premiere Target Margin Theater, NYC, 2008[8]
  • Coraline, world premiere Manhattan Class Company, NYC, 2009[9]
  • The Myopia, an epic burlesque of tragic proportion, world premiere The Foundry Theatre, NYC, 2010[10]
  • Go Back To Where You Are, world premiere Playwrights Horizons, NYC, 2011[11]
  • Jump, world premiere Under The Radar Festival - NYSF/Public Theater, NYC, 2011[12]
  • Jonas, world premiere Transport Group, NYC, 2011

Performance Credits[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]





  1. ^ "Obie Awards for 'Circle Mirror Transformation' and Its Author" The New York Times
  2. ^ "Don Shewey Interview" donshewey.com
  3. ^ "David Greenspan Alpert Award bio" alpertawards.org
  4. ^ Olesker, Lizzie (May 2009). "The Power of Suggestion: David Greenspan". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1992/01/29/theater/theater-in-review-178592.html
  6. ^ http://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/she-stoops-comedy/
  7. ^ http://www.targetmargin.org/what-we-did/archives/the-argument-dinner-party/
  8. ^ http://www.targetmargin.org/what-we-did/archives/old-comedy/
  9. ^ http://www.mcctheater.org/shows/08-09_season/coraline
  10. ^ http://thefoundrytheatre.org/the-myopia/
  11. ^ http://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/go-back-where-you-are/
  12. ^ http://history.undertheradarfestival.com/jump/
  13. ^ " Punk Rock Listing" lortel.org, accessed May 11, 2015
  14. ^ [1] lortel.org
  15. ^ [2] lortel.org
  16. ^ [3] lortel.org
  17. ^ "25th annual Lambda Literary Award winners announced". LGBT Weekly, June 4, 2013.
  18. ^ Obie search engine
  19. ^ Obie search engine
  20. ^ Village Voice 2006-2007 Obie Winners
  21. ^ Village Voice 2006-2007 Obie Winners
  22. ^ Obie search engine
  23. ^ Obie search engine
  24. ^ http://www.lortel.org/lla_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=5917
  25. ^ http://www.lortel.org/lla_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=5917
  26. ^ http://www.lortel.org/lla_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=5124
  27. ^ http://www.lortel.org/lla_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=4772
  28. ^ http://www.lortel.org/lla_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=4772
  29. ^ http://www.amazon.com/She-Stoops-Comedy-David-Greenspan/dp/0573700702/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425799997&sr=1-4
  30. ^ http://www.press.umich.edu/3871892/the_myopia_and_other_plays_by_david_greenspan
  31. ^ https://www.ticketcentral.com/playwrightshorizons/online/miscItemDetail.asp?doWork::WSmiscItem::load=Load&createBO::WSmiscItem=1&BOparam::WSmiscItem::load::item=7E17A07B-908A-40FE-869A-BE1CCF706F01
  32. ^ http://www.amazon.com/PLAY-Journal-Plays-Issue-Three/dp/B003E6C37U/ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425800335&sr=1-19

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