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Will Frears

 
Bio:
Will Frears was born and raised in North London, and has lived in the United States since 1990. A renowned director, scriptwriter and author, Mr. Frears had his professional debut in 2003 at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville, where he directed the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Omnium Gatherum. The ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Will Frears was born and raised in North London, and has lived in the United States since 1990. A renowned director, scriptwriter and author, Mr. Frears had his professional debut in 2003 at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville, where he directed the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Omnium Gatherum. The ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2015]
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[Off-Broadway, 2009]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2005]
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[Off-Broadway, 2003]
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[Off-Broadway, 2003]
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Will Frears and the creative team

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11/16/2015
Mark Kaufman, Will Frears and William Goldman  Photo

Mark Kaufman, Will Frears and William Goldman

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11/16/2015
Director Will Frears and playwright William Goldman  Photo

Director Will Frears and playwright William Goldman

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11/16/2015

 

Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2015]
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[Off-Broadway, 2009]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2005]
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[Off-Broadway, 2003]
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[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Director

Will Frears Biography

Will Frears was born and raised in North London, and has lived in the United States since 1990. A renowned director, scriptwriter and author, Mr. Frears had his professional debut in 2003 at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville, where he directed the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Omnium Gatherum. The play—about a post-9/11 dinner party—was praised by The New Yorker’s drama critic John Lahr, as “a wow beginning” for the young director. Since this production, Mr. Frears has gone on to direct a wide range of plays and films in theaters across the States. His most recent directorial project was the 2012 production of Build, an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award-recipient, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Mr. Frears has directed nearly two dozen plays since his debut at the Actor’s Theater, many of them acclaimed productions in premier Off Broadway theaters. Working in collaboration with some of contemporary theater’s most daring, well-regarded playwrights, Mr. Frears has directed productions of Year Zero (Second Stage Uptown), Still Life (MCC), Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company), The Water’s Edge (Second Stage), Pen (Playwrights Horizons, Terrorism (The New Group/The Play Company), Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts), Where We’re Born and God Hates the Irish (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Get What You Need (Atlantic 453) and Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival). Mr. Frears’ regional productions include Some Lovers at the Old Globe Theater, The Pillowman at George Street Playhouse, Hay Fever and The Price at Baltimore CenterStage, and Sleuth at the Bay Street Theater. Mr. Frears has also been a frequent participant in the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where he directed Romeo & Juliet, Bus Stop, The Water’s Edge and A Servant of Two Masters. He is a recipient of the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller directing fellowships.

Mr. Frears has also directed several films, including Coach, Beloved and All Saint’s Day. (Winner, Best Narrative Short at the Savannah Film Festival). His films have screened at many Festivals, including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Morelia, Savannah, the Hamptons, Sarasota and Newport Beach.

Mr. Frears is a regular contributor to many periodicals, including The Paris Review, New York magazine, Harper’s, Town & Country, Eight by Eight, and The London Review of Books.

A proud high school drop-out, Mr. Frears went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently serves on the faculty. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.




Will Frears News

FILIBUSTERED AND UNFILTERED: AMERICA READS THE MUELLER REPORT At The Arc Photo FILIBUSTERED AND UNFILTERED: AMERICA READS THE MUELLER REPORT At The Arc
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2019

To ensure a separation of powers, the U.S. Federal Government is made up of three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. When authority runs amok, the ultimate check is the American citizen. 

The Civilians' Share Details of CIVILIAN DISOBEDIENCE 2019 Spring Benefit Photo The Civilians' Share Details of CIVILIAN DISOBEDIENCE 2019 Spring Benefit
by Julie Musbach - Mar 11, 2019

On April 1, the celebrated Off-Broadway theater company The Civilians will host Civilian Disobedience, their annual spring benefit, which honors their Civilians of the Year: Emmy nominated, award-winning documentary filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Reversing Roe, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) as well as Marion Friedman Young for her longstanding support of The Civilians and her recent work as The Civilians partners for the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund.

Celebration Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Drew Droege & Matthew Wilkas In BORN TO  Photo Celebration Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Drew Droege & Matthew Wilkas In BORN TO WIN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

Celebration presents the first show in its 2019 season, Drew Droege (Die, Mommie, Die!) and Matthew Wilkas starring in the Los Angeles premiere of BORN TO WIN, written by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock, choreography by Janet Roston and directed by Michael Matthews.

Celebration Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Drew Droege & Matthew Wilkas In BORN TO  Photo Celebration Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Drew Droege & Matthew Wilkas In BORN TO WIN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019

Celebration presents the first show in its 2019 season, Drew Droege (Die, Mommie, Die!) and Matthew Wilkas starring in the Los Angeles premiere of BORN TO WIN, written by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock, choreography by Janet Roston and directed by Michael Matthews.

Celebration Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Drew Droege & Matthew Wilkas In BORN TO  Photo Celebration Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Drew Droege & Matthew Wilkas In BORN TO WIN
by Julie Musbach - Jan 23, 2019

Celebration presents the first show in its 2019 season, Drew Droege (Die, Mommie, Die!) and Matthew Wilkas starring in the Los Angeles premiere of BORN TO WIN, written by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock, choreography by Janet Roston and directed by Michael Matthews.

Ken Davenport And Kurt Deutsch Option Musical Rights To The Griswolds' 'Vacation' Sto Photo Ken Davenport And Kurt Deutsch Option Musical Rights To The Griswolds' 'Vacation' Story
by Stephi Wild - Mar 26, 2018

Ken Davenport and Kurt Deutsch announced today that they have optioned the musical rights to the characters from the hit film franchise Vacation by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures to develop a new musical Broadway Vacation.

Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces Staged Reading of BIG BABIES
by Julie Musbach - Jun 18, 2017

Big Babies will be performed as part of Adirondack Theatre Festival's new play reading series. The readings will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, and Thursday, July 6, in the cabaret space of the Charles R. Wood Theater.

SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER Extends One Week at Second Stage Theater Uptown
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Second Stage Theater's (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) production of SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER has been extended by one week and will now play through Sunday, June 25.

Cast Announced for Michael Arden-Directed THE PRIDE at The Wallis
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

This June, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present The Pride, a stylish, witty and affecting play that alternates between two very distinct time periods and the lives of three characters whose fate is destined by their eras.

Chisa Hutchinson's SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER Finds Full Company at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

As previously announced, Second Stage Theatre will begin the 2017 Uptown Series with the world premiere of Chisa Hutchinson's SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER, directed by MAY ADRALES.

Will Frears Videos

BWW TV: Stephen King MISERY on Broadway's Biggest Fan
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 1, 2016

Renowned author Stephen King stopped by the Broadhurst Theatre last week to see the currently-running Broadway production of Misery, an adaptation of his celebrated 1987 horror novel. King went backstage to surprise stars Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf, and you can check out what went down below!

VIDEO: Aaron Tveit & Laurie Metcalf Visit the Bravo Clubhouse; Watch Clips!
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 22, 2016

Laurie Metcalf, currently starring opposite Bruce Willis in MISERY on Broadway, and Aaron Tveit, star of FOX's upcoming broadcast of GREASE: LIVE! stopped by THE WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE clubhouse last night.

VIDEO: MISERY's Bruce Willis on Working with Laurie Metcalf: 'I Have to Find Ways to Not Start Cracking Up'
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 21, 2015

Bruce Willis stopped by today's LIVE to talk about making his Broadway debut opposite Laurie Metcalf in MISERY.

VIDEO: Bruce Willis & Laurie Metcalf Go Behind-the-Scenes of MISERY on 'GMA'
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 18, 2015

Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf star in the Broadway stage adaptation of the Stephen King novel MISERY. 'There's no stopping, it's all live,' says Willis of his Broadway debut.

AUDIO: Listen to MISERY's Score by Michael Feldman
by Sally Henry - Dec 13, 2015

The official soundtrack of the new suspense thriller Broadway play, MISERY, is now available to stream from SoundCloud in its entirety. Composed by Michael Feldman, the track list includes nine songs.

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Calls MISERY's Bruce Willis a Liar & All Hell Breaks Loose!
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 11, 2015

When LATE SHOW guest Bruce Willis claimed he does his own stunts, host Stephen Colbert wasn't buying it but quickly learns you don't call the action star a liar!

VIDEO: Bruce Willis Channels Donald Trump; Talks Broadway Debut on TONIGHT
by - Oct 19, 2015

Bruce Willis stopped by Friday's TONIGHT SHOW and revealed his new look, which looks an awful lot like Donald Trump's. Later, the actor talks about making his Broadway debut with MISERY and his new comedy "Rock the Kasbah."

VIDEO: Bruce Willis Talks Broadway Debut in MISERY on 'Letterman': 'I'm Scared to Death'
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 23, 2015

Bruce Willis made his 64th appearance on CBS's LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN last night. During his visit, the actor spoke about making his Broadway debut in an upcoming stage adaptation of Stephen King's MISERY.

STAGE TUBE: SOME LOVERS Premieres at the Old Globe
by Sally Henry - Dec 12, 2011

In the video below, various production shots from The Old Globe's premiere production of SOME LOVERS are set to the musical's song, 'Every Other Hour.'

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater Talk SOME LOVERS at The Old Globe!
by Audra Stafford - Dec 2, 2011

w musical with book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Steven Sater and music by Academy and Grammy Award-winning legend Burt Bacharach. Directed by Will Frears with music supervision by Lon Hoyt and choreography by Denis Jones, Some Lovers will run through Dec. 31 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The production will celebrate its official opening night on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. BroadwayWorld reporter Audra Stafford recently sat down with the show's famed creators to talk about all things 'Lovers'. Click below to hear from Bacharach and Sater!