STEPHEN FIFE – PRESIDENT
Steve has written several screenplays, including adaptations of his plays Savage World, Blue Kiss and Sizzle Sizzle, and of his Amazon best-selling memoir The 13th Boy. He has also written the original screenplays Falling Masks (which has received several festival awards) and Sympathy for the Devil (with David Hunt). Steve has also collaborated with Ralph Pezzullo on the original thriller screenplays The American Wife and Big Dog Rules, currently under option by Resilient Productions.
His plays SAVAGE WORLD, BREAK OF DAY and THIS IS NOT WHAT I ORDERED have been published by Samuel French. Other plays include In The Mood, The 13th Boy, Sizzle Sizzle, Blue Kiss, The Kitchen Girl, Fun With Freud, Scattered Blossoms, Break of Day, New Day, Feeling Lucky and The Blessing. His adaptation of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance was produced Off-Broadway by the Jewish Rep in 1992, where it received rave reviews from The NY Times and 16 other critics, and it was directed in a 1998 revival by the great Joseph Chaikin. The American Wife (co-written with Ralph Pezzullo), a thriller stage play, had its World Premiere at the Park Theatre in London in Sept. 2016. He has recently completed two new plays, variations on the spiritual journey of Vincent van Gogh: Vincent in the Asylum and Van Gogh’s Zombie Movie. Steve is the Writer-in Residence at the Ark Theatre in NoHO, where they’ve produced his plays In The Mood, Blue Kiss and Fun with Freud. A filming of his Freud comedy will be released soon.
A graduate of Horace Mann H.S., the National Theatre Institute, Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts (MFA), Steve has had 12 books published, including two memoirs and two books of poetry. His first novel, Angel’s Glance, was recently published by Cune Press. Kirkus Reviews called it “A haunting and keenly observed meditation on relationships, parenthood, and the vagaries of celebrity and fame.” In a strange twist, his novel will be re-published by a new distributor with a new title (Loving Holly) in October 2020. He is in various stages of development on four other novels in the patently-absurd hope that reading will come back into vogue.
Steve has written for The New York Times “Arts & Leisure” section, Village Voice, New Republic, New York Newsday, American Theatre, and many others. He was the only reporter to meet with the boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in maximum security prison after Carter’s second conviction for double murder – an experience he later used as the basis for his stage play, SAVAGE WORLD. Steve has written about Film, Literature and Art as well as Theater, and among the many notable people he has interviewed are Lee Strasberg (twice), Sanford Meisner (five times), Stella Adler, Eli Wallach, Joseph Papp, Meryl Streep, Raul Julia, Andy Warhol and Robert Schenkkan. Steve has been written about or quoted in The New York Times, The New Yorker and People Magazine, and he appeared on the Joe Franklin Show (twice) and local access interview shows.
Steve was the first literary manager for Primary Stages Company in NYC, 1986-91. He has taught writing workshops on the high school and college levels, and he has been an Artist in the Schools several times. In addition, Steve is a member of the LA-based artists collective Pharmaka and has written essays and copy for exhibition catalogues. He has been the recipient of a Federal Poetry Grant, two Shubert Foundation grants and many other grants. He had plays chosen for development at the Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat in 1990, 1993 and 1995. He has done residences at the Byrdcliff Artists Colony and the Dorset Writers Colony.
Steve ran the Young Actors Workshop in Venice for his daughter and her friends 2008- 12, during which he wrote the book and lyrics for four musicals – Isabella in Oz, Charming, Young Forever and Buzz Snapshot – as well as directing and producing them. He has continued to develop these musicals, working with four different composers. A revamped version of Charming was produced in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe, where Discover Hollywood wrote, “Complete with original songs and the possibility of a happily ever after, Charming is a fun performance with a talented cast that will leave everyone wanting to tune in.”
He is a proud member of PEN and the Dramatists Guild. He can be reached at Slfife99@hotmail.com.
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