Recent and ONgoing Projects
Contact: Barbara Hogenson
Commissioned by The Phillips Collection
Inspired by Jacob Lawrence's "The Migration Series" - October 2016
A Lump of Coal for Christmas
COMMISSIONED BY ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC.
November- December, 2015
Semi-FINALIST, O'NEILL THEATRE CENTER, NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE, 2016
Developmental Workshop at Arena Stage, 2015
The House Halfway
FINALIST, O'NEILL THEATRE CENTER, NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE, 2015
DEVELOPED THROUGH PLAYWRIGHTS ARENA AT ARENA STAGE, 2013-14
Source theatre festival, 2012
ONCE WILD: ISADORA IN RUSSIA
DIRECTED BY DEREK GOLDMAN
FEATURING KIMBERLY SCHRAF, CYNTHIA WORD, AND INGRID ZIMMER
A CO-PRODUCTION OF WORD-DANCE THEATRE AND GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, 2013
“Its greatest achievement is as a bold new work of art. This is a collaborative work of the highest order, a labor of love that turns on the same devotion to art and excellence that moved Irma herself.” - Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post, May 2013
Book by Norman Allen, Lyrics by Jack Murphy, Music by Frank Wildhorn
Commissioned by the Karlin Music Theatre in Prague, with an initial run from 2007 to 2011.
Subsequent productions in Seoul (2013), Tokyo (2014), Kaunas, Lithuania (2015-17) and a return to the Karlin Music Theatre (2015-17).
Available through Playscripts, Inc
Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Play
"Run, walk, dance, strut - however you do it, get to the Kennedy Center to see Nijnsky's Last Dance." Washingtonian Magazine
"When the last words had been spoken on the evening I saw it, the hall sat utterly silent until Davidson broke character to take his bow. That doesn't happen randomly in the theatre - and it doesn't happen often enough." - Washington City Paper
"Holds such sway and power over the audience that you feel you are basking in the heart and soul of Nijinsky. In less than 90 minutes, you not only forget yourself, you leave yourself." - Washington Times
"A captivating and heartwarming drama." - Seattle Times
"The Christmas Foundling seems to have all the ingredients that Sierra Repertory Theatre could have wanted when it commissioned playwright Norman Allen to write it... A theatrical nugget that's virtually guaranteed to draw throngs year after year." - Modesto Bee.
"The Christmas Foundling is a holiday treat that blends timeless themes of family with the romanticized charm of the Gold Rush." - Union Democrat
Charles MacArthur Award, Outstanding New Play
"Seduction is as seduction does in Norman Allen's sex-and-crucifixion dramedy In the Garden -- a compelling blend of wit, adultery, and C.S. Lewis-esque philosophizing." - Washington City Paper
"Allen's plays have always included issues of morality but he has never taken on religious spirituality so directly. Here he does so with great skill and great generosity." - Arlington Connection
"In the Garden glows with intelligence." - Washington Blade
"The play is silver-tongued and dark-hearted; if you like sitting next to people with nothing nice to say, you'll enjoy it... An entertainment of ideas in the playful spirit of Sterne's 'Tristram Shandy'...veering among camp, conversation, diatribe and artifice." - Washington City Paper
A remarkably clever, hilarious, truly funny work, one romantically sexy and full of audience appeal. A showcase for Allen's prodigiously proven talent." - The Journal Newspapers
Score by Berlin, Cohan, Fleming, etc.
"A delightfully irreverent take on the Dickens classic... An enormously appealing new musical...just the right touches of sarcasm and gentle humor." - Variety
"A wholly delightful affair with the potential to become a recurring seasonal favorite." - The Washington Post
"The Christmas Carol Rag not only works beautifully, it even improves in several ways upon the original." - Cleveland Plain Dealer