Jeffrey Hatcher

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Jeffrey Hatcher
Hatcher at the History Theatre, St. Paul
Occupation(s)Playwright, screenwriter
Notable work

Jeffrey Hatcher is a much-produced American playwright and screenwriter. He wrote the stage play Compleat Female Stage Beauty, which he later adapted into a screenplay, shortened to just Stage Beauty (2004). He also co-wrote the stage adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie with author Mitch Albom, and Three Viewings, a comedy consisting of three monologues - each of which takes place in a funeral home. He wrote the screenplay Casanova for director Lasse Hallström, as well as the screenplay for The Duchess (2008).[1] He has also written for the Peter Falk TV series Columbo and E! Entertainment Television.


His many award-winning original plays have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally across the US and abroad. In 2023, American Theatre magazine noted that the prolific Hatcher ties for the fifth most-produced playwright in America, with 13 plays in production. Furthermore, his 2022 play DIAL M FOR MURDER is the fifth most produced play in 2023, with 9 productions.

Previously, Hatcher adapted Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, into a play in which actors play multiple roles, and Mr. Hyde is played by four actors, one of whom is female. The adaptation, which has been called "hipper, more erotic, and theatrically intense...definitely not your grandfather's 'Jekyll and Hyde'", was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award for Best Play.[1]

Some of his other plays include Three Viewings, Scotland Road, A Picasso, Neddy, Korczak's Children, Mercy of a Storm, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright (with Eric Simonson), and Lucky Duck (with Bill Russell and Henry Kreiger). Hatcher wrote the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance and the musical, ELLA.

Hatcher is a member and/or alumnus of The Playwrights' Center, The Dramatists Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and New Dramatists.






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  1. ^ a b c "Psychological Thriller" The Union City Reporter; April 11, 2010; Page 13.
  2. ^ Blake, J. (October 3, 2012). "Ve haff vays of being unintentionally funny". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved June 22, 2013.


  • Christopher Rawson, "Stage Preview: Prolific Writer's 'Work Song' pushes City Theatre's Limits", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, November 21, 2004.

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