Ian August Playwright

who is ian august?

Ian August is an award-winning, internationally-produced playwright. His works have been developed with the Powerhouse Theatre Season with NY Stage and Film, Ashland New Plays Festival, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, NJ Repertory Company, Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey, Wordsmyth Theatre Company, City Theatre of Miami, the Garry Marshall Theatre, UC Davis Dept of Theatre and Dance, Passage Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Artists Collective, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the NY and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and elsewhere. He lives in Lawrenceville, NJ with his husband, set designer and performing arts teacher Matthew R. Campbell, and his two cats, Lentils and Kimchi.

August [has] crafted a modestly scaled meditation on the devastation of despair and the power of hope; one that suggests we may have lost our cold and dusty moon, but we’ve regained the ability to wish upon a star.
— Asbury Park Press, on the 2011 NJ Rep production of Donna Orbits the Moon
This play’s strengths lie in its intricate, poetic language. Missing Celia Rose is a masterpiece.
— Bermuda Sun, on the 2009 BMDS production of Missing Celia Rose
Mad hijinks and crazy situations ensue in Ian August’s absolutely hysterical and outrageously unique new comedy.
— nytheatre.com on the 2011 Quorum Theatre production of Submitted by C. Randall McCloskey

April 5th: The students of the Philips Andover in Andover, MA, will be performing DELIVER US as part of this year’s Drama Lab.

April 23rd: Ian will be the visiting lecturer at New England College in Henneker, NH, with a reading, workshop, and discussion with the Creative Writing and Performing Arts students. The reading will be an excerpt from Ian’s current project, tentatively titled RUN RABBIT RUN.

April 25th: The young actors at Churchill Junior High School in East Brunswick, NJ will be performing a reading of PARKER AND THE CITY IN THE SEA, led by their brilliant drama teacher, Karuna Lynne Elson.

May 25th - June 1st: BRISÉ will be featured alongside 19 other new plays at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska! Click HERE for information.

May 30th - June 23rd: City Theatre of Miami will feature FROZEN FOODS as part of their Summer Shorts New Play Festival, directed by Dwayne Yancey! Click HERE for information.

June 8th: Play4Keeps, a podcast collection of audiobook style recorded plays will release their fantastic recording of DONNA ORBITS THE MOON performed by the lovely Liisa Ivary. Click HERE to download it for your listening pleasure!

July 19-21st: Alliance Repertory Theatre will be producing Comedy Café, a collection of short plays featuring VENUS ASCENDANT, a new play written specifically for the event. Directed by Betsy True and featuring Noreen Farley, Beth Painter, and Abbie Painter. Click HERE for tickets.

July 21st: THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING will have a staged reading with the Powerhouse Reading Series, a co-production between Vassar and New York Stage and Film. The reading will be featured among new works by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley, and other Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winning artists. THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING will be directed by the incredible Sammi Cannold, who directed the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation reading in March 2018. Click HERE for more information on the Powerhouse series, and HERE for tickets.

August 17th: Goodluck MacBeth Theatre Company in Reno Nevada (Reno’s “Third-Best Theatre Company”) will be hosting a reading of THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE as part of their New Works Initiative.

October 2nd - 13th: Come to Philadelphia for Tiny Dynamite’s production of DONNA ORBITS THE MOON, directed by Claire Moyer and starring Sabrina Profitt, as part of their A PLAY, A PIE, AND A PINT series! Click HERE for tickets and information!

October 4th: The New Jersey Repertory Company will be producing COMPELLING SPENCER as part of their Theatre Brut short play festival, with the theme “Some Like it Hot!” Later on this year COMPELLING SPENCER will be published in an anthology by Smith and Kraus! Click HERE for tickets!



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