R.W. Schneider
New Haven, CT
A finished play is not the execution of a plan. Rather, it is the record of a discovery—at least, that’s the way it’s been for me.
Biography

R.W. Schneider came to playwriting late. His first play, Let Alone Everything, shows Flaubert ransacking his real-life relationships so he can use them in Madame Bovary. He followed it with a Midwestern adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Birds and I Didn’t Promise You Molière, a back-to-front account of the great playwright’s marriage. 17 Tolbiac offered a voyeur’s view of life in the upper floors of a Parisian apartment building with all the dialog in phonetically-spelled French, e.g. “mair-sea beau-coo.” Daughters of Waterloo tells the story of two young women from the 21st century beset with fathers from the 19th.

All the above have been produced by his colleagues and students at Northern Illinois University, just west of Chicago. R.W. Schneider studied theatre at U.C. Irvine, translation at the Sorbonne and dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at Yale Drama School. His reviews and articles have appeared in Theatre, American Theatre, Plays International and the New York Times.

Plays

Dutch Kills Theatre “Loose Leaf Series” reading directed by Jean Randich, November, 2015. Finalist, 2016 National Playwrights Conference.
Equity reading at Headwaters New Play Festival, Creed, CO, directed by Kate Berry

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Saint Sebastian Players, Chicago. June, 2018 Directed by Peter Giessel.
New Works Festival, Nov, 2018 Directed by Zohar Fuller

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Northern Illinois University, directed by Chris Markle, February, 2003. Semi-finalist, 2004 National Playwrights Conference (as The Flaubert Project).

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Dutch Kills Theatre “Loose Leaf Series” reading directed by Hondo Weiss-Richmond, October, 2016. Semi-finalist, 2017 National Playwrights Conference

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New Works Festival of the Emerging Artists Theatre, New York, March, 2019 Directed by Patricia Lynn

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A shape-shifting angel visits a Bible college in search of fresh meat.

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A researcher at a top theatre school encounters a street woman with perfect diction who recites passages from old plays for tips. He sets about trying to find out who she is and how she became homeless. He ends up making discoveries about himself.

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Northern Illinois University directed by Stanton Davis, April, 2016

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The play is situated in six contiguous apartments at the rear of a century-old building in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Events in each apartment are related in the corresponding column of the performance text. A blank cell indicates that the previously-described action continues. Actors can and should supply additional bits of behavior -- like grace notes -- within the framework provided. To take just one example, there’s scarcely any limit to the number of times that someone who’s getting ready to go out will cross in front of a window.

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