Peter Duchan

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Peter Duchan is an American playwright and screenwriter, best known for the film Breaking Upwards and the musical Dogfight. He is also personal assistant to actor-director-producer Bob Balaban.[1] He graduated from Northwestern University, where he participated in the Creative Writing for Media Program.[2]

Breaking Upwards[edit]

He was Associate Producer of Breaking Upwards, which he co-wrote with director Daryl Wein and actress Zoe-Lister Jones.[3][4] The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival (March, 2009) and was released in theaters by IFC Films on April 2, 2010.[5][6] His short film Unlocked, also a collaboration with Wein, was an Official Selection of numerous festivals, including the Gijon International Film Festival in 2006 and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.[7][8]

Dogfight[edit]

He wrote the book of the stage musical adaptation of Dogfight, Nancy Savoca's 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.[9][10][11] The musical, featuring a score by the team, Pasek and Paul, premiered Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre on July 16, 2012 after previews from June 27. It was directed by Joe Mantello and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.[12]

The production earned two 2013 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreographer (Christopher Gattelli).[13] It was nominated for five 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Book of a Musical.[14] Additionally, the show was nominated for Drama League Awards for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical and Distinguished Performance (Lindsay Mendez), as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Lindsay Mendez).[15][16] During its development, the musical was the recipient of the 2011 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dogfight-creators-explain-how-they-gave-it-life
  2. ^ http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/interview-with-peter-duchan-writer-of-breaking-upw/
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/02/movies/02breaking.html
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/movies/28breaking.html?pagewanted=all
  5. ^ SXSW Review: Breaking Upwards
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1247644/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ql_9; viewed 1-20-2014.
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0939674/
  8. ^ http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/archive/512ce6081c7d76e046000ca0-unlocked
  9. ^ http://www.broadway.com/buzz/162802/librettist-peter-duchan-on-the-many-pinch-me-moments-in-creating-the-new-musical-dogfight/
  10. ^ http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/817140/qa-“dogfight”-librettist-peter-duchan-on-the-beauty-of-an-ugly-premise
  11. ^ http://06880danwoog.com/tag/peter-duchan/
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "'Dogfight', New Musical About Cruelty and Hope, Opens in NYC; Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena Star" Archived 2012-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.. Playbill, July 16, 2012
  13. ^ "The Piano Lesson, The Whale & Dogfight Honored at 2013 Lucille Lortel Awards". Broadway.com, May 6, 2011
  14. ^ https://variety.com/2013/legit/news/pippin-hot-with-outer-critics-circle-nominators-1200405781/
  15. ^ Cox, Gordon. Off Broadway musicals outnumber Broadway shows in the tuner category". Variety, April 23, 2013
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  17. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Musicals by Duchan, Pasek, Paul and Gerle Win 2011 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater". Playbill, February 14, 2011

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