Jonathan Leaf

SEXUAL HEALING

An examination of the morality and the lasting effects of attempts to apply behavior therapy principles either to patients seeking help in treating sexual dysfunction or to those trying to "cure" their homosexuality.

THE CATERERS

Inspired by a real-life hostage drama which took place in 1977, the play is a politically incorrect thriller dealing with the issues of anti-semitism, the role of women in the Islamic world and the West and the present conflicts between Muslims and unbelievers.

THE GERMANS IN PARIS

A bittersweet comedy about the German poet and writer Heinrich Heine and his life in Paris in the 1840's, most especially focusing on his love affairs and his friendships with such famous socialist intellectuals as Karl Marx and Richard Wagner.

I was born in Middletown, Connecticut and raised in Princeton Junction and Trenton, New Jersey. I graduated from Yale College and worked for seven years as a New York City Public School teacher.

I have been nominated for the IT Award for Best Play of the Year for my hostage drama The Caterers, and I was profiled by TimeOut New York, which identified me as one of the country's premiere up-and-coming playwrights. My play The Germans In Paris was voted by audience survey as the best play in New York during its January 2010 run.

My New York productions so far are The Germans In Paris (59E59 Theaters and the Arclight Theater), The Caterers (Altered Stages) and Sexual Healing (The Mint Theater).

I think that theater must offer great roles for actors and surprising and interesting stories.