Stephen Kaplan


When the human son of two puppets starts growing strings, his kindergarten teacher locks him in her classroom to keep him from turning into a puppet.


All parents think their children are great - Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his 3-year-old son, David, is the Messiah.


Four one-act plays, all with a gun.


A Curse, a Kingdom without laughter, a Princess who likes to run, a Prince who likes to read, and only the seventh son of the seventh son can make things right. But will he come in time?

Stephen grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and wrote his first play, And Jack Came Tumbling After (Old Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and HERE and Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15. The play won the California as well as Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Contests and led him to write his next play, Self Addressed,which was produced by the Blank in addition to being presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Since then he has written una casa/a home (Finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices Reading Series; Route 66 Theatre’s New Play Development Program); For Unto Us (Barrington Stage Company, Luna Stage, Storefront Theatre, Stage Q, OnStage Atlanta, Lionheart, Exit 7, Players Guild of Leonia and Winner: MiniFest, Acadia Theatre Company); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Theatre Southwest; Commission: Abingdon Theatre Company, Winner: Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting, Center for Spiritual Living Playwriting Festival); A Real Boy (Premiere: This Is Water Theatre, Bryan, TX; Semi-Finalist: PlayPenn, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest; Ashland New Play Festival, MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); Exquisite Potential (Winner: NJ Playwrights Contest (w/production), Dezart Performs’ Reading Series (w/production) and Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, Finalist: Woodward/Newman Drama Award; Semi-Finalist: Seven Devils Theatre Conference); When the Mayonnaise Goes Bad (written with Will Nolan – The Vital Theatre Company); The Book of Daniel (Winner: New American Comedy Showcase Award); Tim Eless, Private Eye (with Noah Wyle @ Blank Theatre Company, Seoul Players); Dreams of Reason (Northwestern University); Oh, Happy We (The Theatre-Studio); and Six Seniors in Search of an Ending (a special commission written for President Bill Clinton). Many of his plays are published on Indie Theatre Now.

Stephen earned his BFA from NYU (Playwrights Horizons and CAP21), holds a Masters in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University and is part of the MFA Writing for Screen and Stage program at Point Park University. He served as Chair of the theatre program at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the “Fame” school) and now teaches at Bergen County Academies in New Jersey where he lives with his husband and son and serves the New Jersey Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.