Jonathan Leaf

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Jonathan Leaf is a playwright, screenwriter, author and journalist based out of New York City. He is the writer of the off-Broadway play The Caterers,[1] which was nominated for Best Full-Length Original Script of 2005-2006 in the Innovative Theater Awards.

In June 2006, he was featured in Time Out New York magazine in an article on America's most important young playwrights and compared to Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow for his "literacy and seriousness".

Leaf's follow-up to The Caterers was The Germans In Paris. Praised by The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and, among others, the play ran in January 2007 at the Upper West Side's Arclight Theater. During the course of its four-week run, it was the highest rated show in New York according to audience surveys on the Theatermania website.

A New York City public school teacher[2], Leaf has written both about education and about the arts and culture for such publications as The Weekly Standard, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The American and National Review. Leaf has also been a contributor and editor at the Web journal New Partisan, and he has written for The New York Press, where he served as the Arts editor.

In 2009, Leaf published his first full-length nonfiction book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties, in which he attacks popular perceptions of the 1960s as a radical decade dominated by hippies, rock music and free love.

Leaf's 2017 play, The Fight, turned a spotlight on the internecine battles among Second Wave feminists, focusing on the rivalry between Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.[3]

Leaf’s recent dramatic play “Pushkin,” which premiered at New York's Sheen Center in the summer of 2018 to great critical acclaim, has been hailed as a modern classic. The Wall Street Journal's Terry Teachout called it 'one of the best new plays to open in New York in recent memory.’ The National Association of Scholars President Peter Wood, in a review, wrote that it was 'an extraordinary achievement...Leaf has created a work that will stand the test of time.’ Teachout subsequently named the play one of his four best new plays of 2018.


  1. ^ Teachout, Terry (14 October 2005). "Terror, Up Close and Personal". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
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  3. ^ Shteir, Rachel (9 November 2017). "The Fight Takes Feminism's Conflicts Seriously". First Things. Retrieved 3 December 2017.

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