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Jon Robin Baitz

 
Bio:
Plays include Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "schmucks," The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, (an adaptation of) Hedda Gabler, Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Fair Country and a Guggenheim, NEA and American Academy ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Plays include Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "schmucks," The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, (an adaptation of) Hedda Gabler, Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Fair Country and a Guggenheim, NEA and American Academy ... (read complete bio)

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Jon Robin Baitz Biography

Plays include Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "schmucks," The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, (an adaptation of) Hedda Gabler, Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for A Fair Country and a Guggenheim, NEA and American Academy of Arts & Letters Award winner. He is on the faculties of the New School's Graduate Drama Division and Stony Brook South Hampton's MFA in theater and film. His screenplays include The Substance of Fire and People I Know starring Al Pacino, both for Miramax. He created the ABC-TV drama "Brothers & Sisters" in 2006, after writing an episode of "The West Wing" ("The Long Goodbye").

Baitz is the author of Other Desert Cities which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, winning the latter.

Jon Robin Baitz Awards and Nominations

 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2012 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities
 
Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Play
Jon Robin Baitz , Other Desert Cities
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Play
Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities
 
The Lortels - 2011 - Oustanding Play
Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1996 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Jon Robin Baitz, Fair Country
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1996 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Jon Robin Baitz, A Fair Country
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding New Play
Jon Robin Baitz, The Film Society

Jon Robin Baitz News

Complete Cast Announced for Oscar Isaac & Rachel Brosnahan Led THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRU Photo Complete Cast Announced for Oscar Isaac & Rachel Brosnahan Led THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 12, 2023

BAM (The Brooklyn Academy of Music) has announced the full company and creative team for the first New York revival in 50 years of Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. See how to purchase tickets!

OTHER DESERT CITIES Opens January 13 At Theatre Palisades Photo OTHER DESERT CITIES Opens January 13 At Theatre Palisades
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 5, 2023

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčTheatre Palisades was founded in 1963, making 2023 their 60th anniversary. They will be opening the anniversary season with 'Other Desert Cities' by Jon Robin Baitz. The play made its Broadway debut in November 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Studio Players Present OTHER DESERT CITIES Beginning in November Photo The Studio Players Present OTHER DESERT CITIES Beginning in November
by Stephi Wild - Oct 31, 2022

In Jon Robin Baitz's OTHER DESERT CITIES, directed by Paula Keenan. Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history - a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

Listen: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Discusses His Early Work & More on THE DRAMATISTS GUIL Photo Listen: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Discusses His Early Work & More on THE DRAMATISTS GUILD PRESENTS: TALKBACK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 24, 2022

The Dramatists Guild of America is presenting season four of The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK. The Guild celebrates writers from a diverse array of backgrounds and how they’ve built meaningful careers within a constantly evolving industry. The first episode of the season debuts today with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Listen here!

Burlington County Footlighters Presents OTHER DESERT CITIES Photo Burlington County Footlighters Presents OTHER DESERT CITIES
by Stephi Wild - Oct 24, 2022

Burlington County Footlighters continues its 2022-23 season with the fiercely funny but dark family drama Other Desert Cities. The Jon Robin Baitz penned play was a Pulitzer finalist in 2012. BCF Artistic Director Alan Krier directs the production which runs November 4 through November 19.

JoBeth Williams & Peter Strauss to Star in LOVE AMONG THE RUINS World Premiere at Lag Photo JoBeth Williams & Peter Strauss to Star in LOVE AMONG THE RUINS World Premiere at Laguna Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 1, 2022

Laguna Playhouse has¬†announced that JoBeth Williams (‚ÄúPoltergeist,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Big Chill‚ÄĚ) and Peter Strauss (‚ÄúRich Man, Poor Man,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Jericho Mile‚ÄĚ) are set to star in the upcoming World Premiere production,¬†based on the 1975 ABC Theatre Presentation that starred Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS.

Diane Lane, Tom Hollander & More Join FEUD Season Two Photo Diane Lane, Tom Hollander & More Join FEUD Season Two
by Michael Major - Aug 18, 2022

Feud: Capote's Women will be based on Laurence Leamer‚Äôs book, 'Capote‚Äôs¬†Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era.' Hollander will lead as Capote with Lane playing Slim Keith. The series will also feature¬†Naomi Watts as Babe Paley, Chlo√ę Sevigny as¬†C.Z. Guest, and Calista¬†Flockhart as Lee Radziwill.

Casting Announced For BEDLAM's Fall Repertory Shows, THE WINTER'S TALE and HEDDA GABL Photo Casting Announced For BEDLAM's Fall Repertory Shows, THE WINTER'S TALE and HEDDA GABLER
by Stephi Wild - Jul 25, 2022

The critically-acclaimed theatre company BEDLAM continues their 10th anniversary season with a return to repertory performance including productions of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz, playing from October 5 through November 20, 2022.

Ojai Playwrights Announces 2022 New Works Festival Featuring Vivian Barnes, Lyndsey B Photo Ojai Playwrights Announces 2022 New Works Festival Featuring Vivian Barnes, Lyndsey Bourne, Bill Cain & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 24, 2022

Ojai Playwrights Conference has announced 11 playwrights for the 25th Anniversary New Works Festival taking place August 7-14, 2022, in Ojai, CA, marking a return to in-person workshops and live performances after two years of working online.

Ojai Playwrights Announces Robert H. Egan Legacy Fund at 25th Anniversary Benefit Gal Photo Ojai Playwrights Announces Robert H. Egan Legacy Fund at 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2022

Ojai Playwrights Conference announced the founding of the Robert H. Egan Legacy Fund at their 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala on June 4, 2022. Honoring the work of outgoing Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan, the fund will support visionary OPC New Works Festival playwrights who are creating challenging new plays and imagining a better future for all. Egan leaves his role at OPC at the end of this year.

Jon Robin Baitz Videos

VIDEO: Josh Radnor Discusses NBC's RISE Live on THE TODAY SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Josh Radnor Discusses NBC's RISE Live on THE TODAY SHOW

by Macon Prickett - Mar 13, 2018

Josh Radnor stops by The Today Show to discuss his role in the new NBC musical series RISE. In the new musical drama series ‚ÄúRise,‚ÄĚ Josh Radnor portrays an inspirational high school theater director. He tells TODAY's Hoda Kotb that he was ‚Äúthrilled‚ÄĚ to learn that Rosie Perez would co-star with him: ‚ÄúShe's really fun to fake-fight with, but I wouldn't recommend a real fight with her.‚ÄĚ

BWW TV: Jennifer Hudson Wows at Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary Celebration in LA!
by Michael Sterling - May 31, 2017

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the west coast's renowned Center Theatre Group was a thrilling evening of performances top lined by Academy Award winner and Platinum recording artist Jennifer Hudson at the Ahmanson Theatre Sunday, May 20th in Los Angeles. Fresh off her acclaimed performance in NBC's "Hairspray Live!," Hudson sang the evening's closing number. BWW TV's own Michael Sterling covered the red carpet for the much anticipated event.

VIDEO: Geffen Playhouse Remembers
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles remembers productions through the years. From renowned shows of American classics and new plays to Education and Community Programs that extend the joy of live theater well beyond its four walls, the Geffen Playhouse is a lively hub and vital force within the cultural life of Los Angeles.

VIDEO: First Look - Nathan Lane & More Featured in New Terrence McNally Documentary
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 15, 2017

The new documentary TERRENCE MCNALLY: EVERY ACT OF LIFE follows¬†one of the world's most honored and risk-taking playwrights in an immersive exploration of how to ‚Äúmake the third act of life as interesting as the first two.‚ÄĚ

STAGE TUBE: Watch Clips and Behind the Scenes of CTG's VICUNA
by Stage Tube - Nov 4, 2016

The world premiere of¬†Jon Robin Baitz's 'Vicu√Īa,' directed by¬†Robert Egan, opened this Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at¬†Center Theatre Group's¬†Kirk Douglas¬†Theatre. Performances for 'Vicu√Īa' continue through November 20. The cast includes¬†Linda Gehringer,¬†Brian George,¬†Harry Groener,¬†Ramiz Monsef¬†and¬†Samantha Sloyan. Check out the video below of clips and behind the scenes action!

VIDEO: First Trailer for Roland Emmerich's STONEWALL
by Tyler Peterson - Aug 4, 2015

The first trailer for Roland Emmerich's STONEWALL, centering on the beginning of the gay rights movement, has been released. Chek it out below!

BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of Keen Company's FILM SOCIETY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 2, 2013

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company begins its season with Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed 1989 play The Film Society, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there for the opening night after party and you can check out what the cast had to say below!

BWW TV Exclusive: Talking to the 2013 Tony Winners - Judith Light
by Robert Diamond - Jun 11, 2013

BroadwayWorld.com's Richie Ridge sat with all of the 2013 Tony Winners right after they came off stage from their big wins. The winners were filled with joy, memories and excitement and we've got it ALL! Here's Judith Light who won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role for her portrayal of 'Faye' in THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES.

STAGE TUBE: 2013 Tonys Red Carpet - Judith Light
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2013

Click below to see what Judith Light had to say on the Tonys red carpet! Light is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for The Assembled Parties.

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2013 Tony Nominees- Judith Light on Being Back at the Tonys Party for the Third Straight Year!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 25, 2013

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was thrilled to sit down and speak with nearly all of this year's Tony Award nominees at the official Tonys Meet & Greet on May 1, 2013, and we will be bringing you special coverage on all of them throughout the awards season. Today we bring you Judith Light, a nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for The Assembled Parties. Check out what she had to say below!


Jon Robin Baitz Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Jon Robin Baitz written?
Jon Robin Baitz has written 13 shows including The Film Society (Playwright), The Substance of Fire (Playwright), The End of the Day (Playwright), Three Hotels (Playwright), A Fair Country (Playwright), Mizlansky Zilinsky or 'Schmucks' (Playwright), Ten Unknowns (Playwright), Short Talks on the Universe (Playwright), Chinese Friends (Playwright), Escape: 6 Ways to Get Away (1) (Playwright), Escape: 6 Ways to Get Away (2) (Playwright), The Paris Letter (Playwright), Other Desert Cities (Playwright).

What awards has Jon Robin Baitz been nominated for?
The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Other Desert Cities , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Other Desert Cities , Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Other Desert Cities , Oustanding Play (The Lortels) for Other Desert Cities , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Fair Country The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for A Fair Country and Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Film Society .