Robert Gelberg
Astoria, NY
Queens-based playwright currently in residency at the Montclair Kimberley Academy
Biography

Award-winning Queens-based playwright with productions in New York City, Minneapolis, Dublin, and London. Winner of the 2010 NJ Young Playwrights Competition. Featured in the NY Daily News and Show-Score.com. Currently in residency at the Montclair Kimberley Academy.

MFA in Playwriting, The Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin - 2015

B.A. with honors in Creative Writing, Religious Studies minor, Macalester College - 2014.

Mirror Maker Productions.

Plays

by Robert Gelberg

Peter's wife is a lawyer at Warrier Coen, a law firm led by Emily's husband. After handling a particularly disturbing case, Peter's wife jumps off of the law firm building, landing on Emily's husband on the street below, killing them both. That evening, Peter visits Emily in her home to offer his condolences, as well as to inform Emily of the reason for his wife’s fatal jump.

Cast:
PETER – A recent widower, 40s. EMILY – A recent widow, 40s.

Shiner and Sero are one day away from finishing their walk from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail when Sero slips and falls during a thunderstorm. The two are rescued by Conny, who gives them food and shelter. As Sero heals, the two must come to terms with the impending end of their transformative journey, learning that there are some problems you can't walk away from.

Cast:
CONNY (DEIRDRE DONAHUGH) - A TRAIL ANGEL, 75. SERO (SARAH RABINOWITZ)- A HIKER, 20. SHINER (SEAN KILLANY) - A HIKER, 60. ROBERT KILLANY - SHINER'S SON, 25.
by Robert Gelberg

In the last two weeks of the general election for the Presidency, a news story breaks that the democratic nominee, Mark Westin, carries a security blanket at all times. To save their chances of securing victory, Mark, his campaign manager, and his running mate must find a way to spin the story to the press and the American people.

Cast:
Senator Mark Westin - 40s Helen Hobbes - 40s Governor David Christmore - 60s Diane Vore - 20s.
by Robert Gelberg

A re-imagining of the last days of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of the two men alongside whom he was crucified.

Cast:
DISMAS - A money lender. 20s. GESTAS - A follower of Jesus. 20s. JESUS - The leader of a rebellion against Rome. 30s. JUDAS - An advisor of Jesus. 30s. SIMON - A member of the zealot party. 30s. SAUL/PAUL -A pharisee / The first evangelist. 40s. CAIAPHAS - The high priest of the temple of Jerusalem. 60s. PILATE - The Governor of Judea. 50s. BEGGAR - A drunk homeless person wandering the streets of Jerusalem during the Passover festival in order to receive some charity from the pilgrims. 50s. SHOPKEEPER - A merchant who has come to Jerusalem during the Festival to pedal his wares. 30s. PILGRIMS - various people who have come to Jerusalem to worship God and make sacrifices during Passover. ZEALOTS - Followers of Simon. CENTURIONS - Followers of Pilate, soldiers of Rome.
by Robert Gelberg

A series of three one-act two-handers. The first takes place during a rousing game of Russian Roulette. The second takes place on a balcony on Christmas Eve. The third is a business meeting of sorts. Includes To and From on the Earth, winner of the 2010 NJ Young Playwrights Competition.

Cast:

Successes

THE PRINCEMAKER published by Indie Theatre Now

Staged Reading, Jermyn Street Theatre, London, UK, 2012.

Producer, 2012 MN Fringe Festival.

Semifinalist, 2012 Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Contest

Winner, 2010 NJ Young Playwrights Competition.