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Jules Feiffer

Date of Birth: January 26, 1929 (94)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Jules Feiffer is a celebrated American cartoonist, playwright, and screenwriter born on January 26, 1929, in the Bronx, New York. He is best known for his satirical cartoon strips that appeared in The Village Voice for over four decades. Feiffer's work often tackled political and social issues, and he was one of the first cartoonists to address the changing cultural landscape of the 1960s.

Feiffer's career began in the 1940s as a staff cartoonist for The Daily Worker, a communist newspaper. In the 1950s, he began contributing to The Village Voice, where his cartoons quickly gained popularity. His first book, "Sick, Sick, Sick," was published in 1958 and featured a collection of his early work.

In addition to his cartooning, Feiffer has also been a prolific playwright. His first play, "Little Murders," premiered on Broadway in 1967 and was later adapted into a film directed by Alan Arkin. He went on to write several more plays, including "Knock Knock," "Grown Ups," and "A Bad Friend."

Feiffer's work has also been adapted for the screen. He wrote the screenplay for the 1971 film "Carnal Knowledge," directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1986 film "Popeye," directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams.

In recent years, Feiffer has continued to work in both cartooning and playwriting. His graphic novel "Kill My Mother" was published in 2014 and received critical acclaim. He also wrote the play "The Man in the Ceiling," which premiered at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York, in 2017.

Feiffer has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. In 1986, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. He has also been honored with the Reuben Award, the National Cartoonists Society's highest honor, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for "The Man in the Ceiling."

Feiffer's contributions to the world of cartooning and playwriting have been significant, and his work continues to inspire and entertain audiences today.

Jules Feiffer Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Play

Jules Feiffer, Knock Knock

Obie Awards - 1969 - Performance

Jules Feiffer , Little Murders

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Al Hirschfeld Exhibition Extended Through Late June at The Museum of Broadway

The Museum of Broadway's inaugural special exhibit, The American Theatre As Seen by Hirschfeld, has been extended by popular demand.

Samuel D. Hunter, Sanaz Toossi and More Receive 2023 Dramatists Guild Awards

The Dramatists Guild of America has announced the first recipients of their 2023 Awards. Learn how to purchase tickets!

James Monroe Iglehart-Directed SPELLING BEE And More Announced For TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 53rd Season

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has announced its 53rd season to be presented October 2023 through June 2024.

Al Hirschfeld Exhibition Extended Through End of April at The Museum of Broadway

NINA-hunters rejoice… The new Museum of Broadway in Times Square's inaugural special exhibition, “The American Theatre As Seen By Hirschfeld,” has been extended, by popular demand.

Leni Riefenstahl Comedy Premieres at UNITED SOLOFEST 2023

Picture Pending Productions present the World Premiere of LENI'S LAST LAMENT, by Gil Kofman. Directed by Richard Caliban (OBIE and Outer Critics Circle award-winning production of Mac Wellman's Crowbar) and starring OBIE winner Jodie Markell. Part of the United SoloFest Saturday March 25th at 7pm on Theater Row, 410 W. 42nd St. NYC. 

Max Ehrlich Will Lead an Industry Presentation of BONJOUR MON AMOUR

Bonjour Mon Amour written by Richard Hackley will get an invite-only industry presentation on February 16. It will be directed by Jamibeth Margolis, with musical direction by Andrew Wheeler.

Broadway's James D. Gish Heads A Distinguished Cast In BON JOUR, THE MUSICAL

Richard Hackley's new musical, 'Bonjour Mon Amour the Musical,' scheduled for two special showings at CAM Studios in New York City.

Richard Hackley Returns With BONJOUR MON AMOUR, THE MUSICAL Next Month

Richard Hackley took his degree in music education and wrote music and played percussion throughout his life. While always a sideline, Richard has stayed active in the industry. Today – being mentored by Broadway producer Ken Davenport as part of his acclaimed TheatreMakers Program – Richard penned a “good old-fashioned musical” with a very timely topic.

Richard Hackley to Return To NYC With BONJOUR MON AMOUR THE MUSICAL in February

Richard Hackley will return to the NY scene with 'Bonjour Mon Amour the Musical' Two special presentations - 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - on Thursday, February 16 at CAM Studios.

Interview: Theatre Life with Aaron Posner

Today's subject Aaron Posner is what I call a GOD of DC theatre. He is arguably one of the best interpreters of Shakespeare, Chekov, and so much more. His current production of The Tempest (co-director and co-adapter with Teller, yes, of Penn and Teller) is onstage at Round House Theatre through January 15th. The show is a co-production with Aaron's frequent DC theatre home Folger Theatre.

Photos: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents PORCHLIGHT REVISITS THE APPLE TREE

See photos from opening night of Porchlight Music Theatre's Porchlight Revisits The Apple Tree, book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book and music by Jerry Bock with additional material by James Coopersmith.

Review: A FUNNY THING Happened in a Relatively Short Play with the Unspeakably Long Title

So here we are with a loud reminder of our mortal limits - not to mention the 'acceptable' limits of a public joke and a brazen sexual encounter - as Ms. Feiffer regards our presumed taboos with a shrewd riposte. I'm reminded of H.G. Wells' famous denouncement of the 'irreverent laugh,' man's presumed default from the paucity of insight into the natural order of things. Yet, in the playwright's judgment, irreverence is a natural byproduct of bottled outrage. There's no place in a sane world to land a good joke about terminal cancer - but now and then, wisdom takes the form of a middle finger, and with that comes a wink of personal advantage. Halley Feiffer attempts to reveal the unpredictable guffaw on the other side of grief; you have to face the uglies head-on, is all.

Cast and Creative Team Announced For Porchlight Music Theatre's THE APPLE TREE

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its ninth season of Chicago's “lost” musicals series with Porchlight Revisits The Apple Tree, book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book and music by Jerry Bock with additional material by James Coopersmith.

New Book THE AMERICAN THEATRE AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1962 " 2002 to be Released in November

The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld 1962-2002 showcases Hirschfeld’s greatest theater work from five decades, including some of the most important productions from the last sixty years. It will be available exclusively online and at The Museum of Broadway starting November 15.

Bock & Harnick's THE APPLE TREE to Open at Ghostlight Players This Week

Ghostlight Players will present “The Apple Tree,” a musical from the creators of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “She Loves Me,” from October 13 - 16 at Hemsley Hall. “The Apple Tree” features a book and score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, with additional material by Jerome Coopersmith.

Theater Resources Unlimited Virtual Audition Technique And Protocol Workshops Plus Event Q&A In Preparation For The TRU Audition

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces two virtual Audition Technique and Protocol Workshops, which will be presented by longtime casting director Jamibeth Margolis on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 7pm-9pm and by agent Valerie Adami and casting director Bob Kale on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 7pm-9pm over Zoom.

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE Comes To Center Repertory Company This September

Center Repertory Company launches its 2022-23 season with the hit musical play Always…Patsy Cline.

TheatreWorks Announces 52nd Season Including Two World Premieres

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced its 52nd season, featuring six plays and musicals to be presented November 2022 through August 2023. Three of the season's productions will be mounted at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, and three will be staged at Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Theatre. Subscriptions are now available; single tickets will be available in the coming months at TheatreWorks.org.

Bay Street Theater Announces Two Mini Gala Dinners In Support Of Educational Programs

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is hosting a series of summertime Mini Gala Dinners and Cocktail Receptions honoring performers, artists, and patrons of the arts, including Harris Yulin, Mercedes Ruehl, and Jules Feiffer.


Jules Feiffer has written 15 shows including The Apple Tree (Source Material), Little Murders (Playwright), Little Murders (Playwright), Oh! Calcutta! (Material), The White House Murder Case (Playwright), Knock Knock (Playwright), Knock Knock (Playwright), Jules Feiffer's Hold Me! (Author), Grown Ups (Playwright), A Think Piece (Playwright), Urban Blight (Bookwriter), Carnal Knowledge (Playwright), Grown Ups (Playwright), Short Talks on the Universe (Playwright), A Bad Friend (Playwright).

Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Grown Ups Best Play (Tony Awards) for Knock Knock and Performance (Obie Awards) for Little Murders .

Performance (Obie Awards) for Little Murders.

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