DAVID RUSH

                                                               1622 Tina Drive

                                                        Murphysboro, IL 62966

                                                618-319-2037 / david@davidrushwriter.com


                                                             PLAYS AND MUSICALS

Nureyev's Eyes   (drama)  
Production Scheduled:
Firehouse Theater (Richmond VA), May 2013
Winner: Holland New Voices Playwriting Award

Winner:  Firehouse Theater (Richmond)  New Play Award
Winner:   Dayton Playhouse FutureFest
Winner:   Vittum Playwriting Award, Full-length
Featured Play Reading:  Great Plains Theater Conference 
Featured Play Reading:  Phoenix Theater New Play Festival
Featured Play Reading:  Panndora's Box New Play Festival
Finalist:  Abingdon Theater Contest
Finalist:  TNT (Texas Nonprofit Theater) Project

Billy Budd  (Adapted from Melville) 

Antigone  (Adapted from Sophocles) 

Published:  Playscripts

Women of Choice  (Solo Version)

             Produced:    Nebraska Repertory Theater

                                 Colorado Fringe Festival

Women of Choice  (Ensemble Version)

            Produced:  Varsity Arts Center (Carbondale, IL)
    Staged Reading:  Chicago Dramatists

Miller and the Jabberwock   (previously titled One Fine Day) (drama)

Produced:  Stage Left Theater (Chicago, 2007)

Awards: WINNER:  Best Play, Great Plains Theater Conference, 2008

               WINNER: Fulton Opera House New Play Competition,

               WINNER: Firehouse Theater New Play Contest

               RUNNER-UP, Ojai Theater Conference;


               JEFF AWARD NOMINEE:  Best New Work 2007

Readings:     Abingdon Theater, NYC 2008


Feathers in the Wind (Musical, book and lyrics)

Produced: Chicago Jewish Theater (Chicago, 2006.  (JEFF RECOMMENDED)
Published:  Havescripts.com

Germinous Seeds (drama)

Awards: WINNER:   Fremont Theater New Play Contest, 2006; 

               FINALIST: Center Stage New Play Contest;

               SEMI-FINALIST: Ashland New Plays Festival (2006)

       SEMI-FINALIST:  Firehouse Theater Contest (2010)
HONORABLE MENTION:  OSU Newark New Play Contest (2012)

Readings and Workshops:

                  Great Plains Theater Conference (2010)

                  William Inge Workshop  (2010)

                  Utah Contemporary Theater (2009)

                  Utah Shakespeare Festival (2009)

                  Odyssey Theater (LA) 2008

                  Orlando Shakespeare Festival (2008)              
                  Chicago Dramatists (2007)

Tying the Knot (full  length)

R                    Readings at Celebration Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Stage Left,  and others.


              Produced:  Stage Left Theater  (Chicago) 2003

Prairie Lights (Musical: lyrics)

Produced: Stage Left Theatre, Chicago 2002, 2003.

Awards: NOMINEE: Jeff Award, Best New Work;

Published: Dramatic Publishing Company


The Prophet of Bishop Hill (Drama)

Produced: Chicago Dramatists

Awards: WINNER:  After Dark Excellence in Writing (1999)

                NOMINEE: Jeff Award for Best Play


Police Deaf Near Far (drama)

Produced: Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, 2000

                  SIUC Dept of Theater, 2001
  Oakland Unversity (Rochester MI)  2012

Awards:  WINNER: Jeff Citation, Best New Work;

                WINNER; After Dark Award.


Estelle Singerman (Drama)

           Awards:  WINNER:  Dayton Playhouse FutureFest Best Play
                     WINNER:  Metro Midwest Jewish Play Project, NYC

  Readings:    Chicago Dramatists

                    Dayton Playhouse FutureFest
    Across Generations New Play Festival (San Diego CA)


Leander Stillwell (Drama)

Produced:             Stage Left Theatre (Chicago, 1995)

                              Lee Strassberg Theater (LA)

                              Mark Taper Forum (LA)

                              Playwrights Horizons (workshop)

                              SIUC Dept of Theater

                              Various other university productions

      Labette County (Kansas) High School

Awards: WINNER:  Jeff Award, Best Production

               WINNER:  L.A.. DramaLogue Award, Excellence in Writing


Dapples & Grays (Drama)

Produced: Stage Left Theatre (Chicago)

Greylight Theatre (Southern Illinois)

Awards: WINNER:  After Dark AwardStaged


Betty Downstairs (Drama)

Staged Reading: PKE Theater (LA); directed by Pamela Reed, and featuring Doris Roberts, Chris Sarandon, Joanna Gleason. (1998)

Reading: Cleveland Women's Theatre Project (l999)


Ten Best-Loved Hymns (Drama)

                Staged Reading:   Great Plains Theater Conference, 2009

                Reading:   Stage Left Theater, 2009


In addition to these, I have had over two dozen productions of many other plays and musicals, in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere. 



Served as Story Editor/ Script Writer for “The Magic Door,” a half-hour drama anthology program produced in Chicago.


In that capacity, I wrote or revised/edited 8 scripts, three of which I wrote and won awards for, including two

Midwest EMMIES:

                  The Two-Hundred Dollar Willie Mays

                  Doña Gracia’s Candles

                  The Hanukkiah Soldier





Your Web-Footed Friends -- screenplay:  Finalist, Chicago Screenwriters Contest, 1996. (?)

Miller and the Jabberwock – screenplay:  Quarter Finalist in 2010 Big Break Contest




The Last Night on Earth of Joshus Harker
Dearest Scott/ Darling Zelda
  (Musical: book & lyrics)

Whirlybirds (musical, lyrics) (several staged readings in Chicago
Antigone (opera libretto, after Sophocles)




Writer-in-Residence at William Inge Center, Independence, KS (March-April, 2010)


REPRESENTED BY:  Selma Luttinger; Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

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