In this melodramatic comedy set in the old west of 1898, the tenacity of truth is tested by the treachery of deceit, betrayal and greed - resulting in murder, and ultimately the need to forgive.
Semi-autobiographical, this memory play with music is the stage adaptation of a memoir by playwright Dale Wasserman’s ("Man of La Mancha," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest") journey from runaway teen to rail-riding hobo to globe-trotting writer for television, stage and screen. Throughout his fascinating life, he pursued the impossible dream of absolute freedom; only to discover it’s a delusion, fraught with debilitating limitations.
RICHARD WARREN has written twelve full-length plays including “Shifting Gears” (Canyon Moon Theatre, Sedona, AZ), “Trio with Flute” (Canyon Moon Theatre), “In the Valley of the Sun” (Canyon Moon Theatre), “How I Came to be Buffalo Bill” (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA), “Snap” (Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ), “Reconciled Differences” (Theater Works, Peoria, AZ); and numerous short plays including “Together Alone,” “Good Old Weezie,” “Time to Get Up” and “Power Play.”
Richard has also adapted three works by the late legendary playwright Dale Wasserman – “Burning in the Night” (Theater Works, Peoria, AZ), “Beggar’s Holiday” (Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA) and “Premiere!”
Richard was named Best Playwright 2015 by the Phoenix New Times news weekly. “Shifting Gears” was nominated for a 2015 ariZoni Award as Best Original Script – Adult – Play or Musical.
Nine of Richard’s plays have been published by New York Theatre Experience’s Indie Theater Now publishing arm. In addition, “Burning in the Night” is included in its collection “Plays and Playwrights 2014.”
Richard is a board member of Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation and Phoenix Theatre where he was Resident Playwright and Co-producer of its annual New Works Festival from 1998-2007.
He is a Resident Playwright at Theatre Artists Studio in Phoenix where he has taught its playwriting workshop and has led its Writers’ Circle. He was also chairman of City Stage Company of Boston and a board member of Boston's Playwrights' Platform.
Richard has participated in the University of Idaho’s 2008 Four Voices: Festival of New Works; Montana Rep’s Missoula Colony 14, 15 and 16; Sedona’s 2013 New Play Festival and Theater Works’ 2013 & 2014 New Works WESTival and its 2016 Dan Schay New Works Festival among others.
Richard was nominated for the 2004 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards and the 2007 Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix's Arts Board Member Award, and was honored as Phoenix Theatre’s 2010 Angel of the Arts. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
More About Richard Warren
My melodramatic comedy ARIZONA TERRITORY to be broadcast live on radio February 14, 2016, at 7:00pm Mountain Time [February 14, 2016]
BURNING IN THE NIGHT: A HOBO'S SONG comes alive for two weeks in Feb. at two Arizona arts centers [February 6, 2015]
My play SHIFTING GEARS at Theater Works. [January 9, 2015]
REVOKABLE TRUST will receive two staged readings at Theater Works' 2014 New Works WESTival. [July 11, 2014]