Bios and Acknowledgements


David L. Meth

Playwright • Novelist •  Poet


2013 A HINT OF LIGHT - published in Korea, Dec. 2012 (CHILDREN OF I’TAEWON)

2012 PeaceXPeace Blog: A Small Show of Courage (essay)

2012 Gender Beyond Borders: Culture and Human Rights - an excerpt from TO THE DEATH OF MY OWN FAMILY

2011-12 Commission: Theatre in the Raw: The Lucile Lortel Festival of New Plays at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

2010 San Francisco Theater Festival Advisory Committee Member

2010 A HINT OF LIGHT - a novel published in 2010

2009 Artist Fellowship - Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism for TO THE DEATH OF MY OWN FAMILY

         Created a Playwriting Workshop at Briggs High School, Norwalk, CT with Fellowship

2008 Peace Writing International Award for 9/12 - a full-length play: OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology

2000 Finalist: O'Neill National Playwrights Conference for THE BROKEN DOWN VALISE (now ARTY’S POOLROOM)


American Pen, Confrontation, New World Review, Book Love, Cambric Poetry Project One, Hoosier Challenger, Jeopardy, Lake Superior Review, Poet Lore, Valley Views


EVERY DAY IS A GIFT: Writing Workshop for Cancer Survivors - Soul Ryeders, Rye, NY

STORYTELLING: Las Vetas Lounge, Fairfield, CT - 2015

FREEING THE HEART: A Reprieve from Cancer, Writing, Relationships and Other Side Effects

CENTER for SURVIVORSHIP, Southport, CT - Oct.12th & 19th, 2013 Writing workshops.pdf

Fairfield Library, Fairfield, CT - May 14, 2013 Fairfield Library-3:14:12.pdf

Norwalk Library, Norwalk, CT - July 23, 2012


Finalist: Stageworks/Hudson's 2005 Play by Play Festival (NY), Claire Donaldson Short Play Festival (SD), Mercy Plays (The Haven, NYC); Honorable Mention: Fred Newman-Mario Frattti Anti-Corruption Play Writing Award/Castillo Theatre (NYC); Honorable Mention: CT Heritage Productions. Work has appeared in front of audiences at Abingdon Theater (NYC), Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC) – Summer Conference, Theatre Artists Workshop (Westport, CT), Westport Community Theatre (Westport, CT), Ohio Theater (NYC-Theatres Against War), Book Traders Cafe, (New Haven, CT), Herring Run Arts Festival (Middleboro, MA), Theatre One Productions (Lakeville, MA), Puffin Foundation (NJ) and New Jersey Dramatists, 13th Street Rep. (NYC), Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), Darien Players (CT), Pan Asian Rep., (NYC), Lone Star Ensemble (LA), Cabaret for Peace & Justice, Hunter College (NYC), PS 122 (NYC-THAW), Heartlande Theatre Company (MI), SLAM!@The Tank (NYC), The Culture Project’s Impact Festival (NYC), Nuyorican Poets Café (NYC), North Park Playwrights Festival (San Diego, CA), Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC), Mo Pitkin’s (NYC), Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Abrons Arts Center at the Henry Street Settlement (NYC), Boston Theater Marathon (MA), NU Ways/NU Works Festival (U/Nebraska at Omaha, tbd), McLennan College (Waco, TX), Lost Playwrights of Western North Carolina, Co-Op Theater East (NYC), San Francisco Theater Festival, Westport Library (CT), The Barrow Group (NYC),  Hybrid Theatre Works (NYC), Theatre in the Raw: The Lucile Lortel Festival of New Plays at Fairfield University, March 2012 (CT), with more to come, dates not yet confirmed.


India: MetroPlus Theatre Festival, Chennai;  Ranga Shankara Theater, Bangalore; Adishakti Theater, Pondicherry; and in Mumbai: National Center for Performing Arts, National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Prithvi Theater, and others, dates to be confirmed.


The Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Center (MN), PEN, Academy of American Poets, SCBWI, Theatre Without Borders, Arts 4 Human Rights (UK), IAPWE (International Association of Professional Writers & Editors)


Helen Coleshill: Sound Design

Courtesy of Thoughts in Grey Circles

Thank you for the privilege of working in your beautiful state of the art studio and for your expertise and patience.

Nikki Walker and Peter Ratray

Interrogators’ Voices

Shekaiba Wakili

Documentary Photographer

Thank you for the insight provided into the culture and customs of Afghanistan and your translations into Dari.

Luke Ratray: Photographer

Thank you for the beautiful and dramatic portraits of

Farah Bala in the lead character of Nadeema.

One of NYC’s top audition coaches and private teachers; currently teaching at The New York School for Film and Television; Member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA

Conceived and Directed:  One-act Play Programs IN A NEW YORK MINUTE by Robert Tamburino – Westbeth Theatre Center; LOVE AND WORK  - various authors - New Group Theatre Company; MINT CONDITION  - various authors - Mint Theatre Company

Directed: IOWA (Brian Tracey) – New Perspectives Theatre; TOO OLD FOR THE CHORUS  -  workshop and backer’s auditions; A HATFUL OF RAIN (Michael Gazzo) - 42nd St Theatre; NOAH’S ARC (Debbie Jones) - Manhattan Class Company and Samuel French One-Act Play Festival; SURVIVED BY... (Peter Ratray) - New Group Theatre Co.; THE SUIT (Robert. Tamburino) - Quaigh Theatre; ONE AND ONE (Robt.Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner,) 54th St. Theatre; GENDER BENDERS (Richard Broadhust) 42nd St. Theatre; ALL AMERICANS (Tamburino) Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles: ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION (Shanley), Melrose Theatre; LIFE IN THE TREES (Butterfield) NoHo Arts; TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD (Gabor) The Complex;BLIND LOVE (White) Theatre East; and most recently directed the 4 city tour of TO THE DEATH OF MY OWN FAMILY in India: Chennai, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Mumbai.

Directed, Stock and Dinner Theatre: COME BLOW YOUR HORN – Tiffany ‘s Attic, Salt Lake City; STAR SPANGLED GIRL - Little Theatre, Chicago; HERE LIES JEREMY TROY - w/ Tab Hunter, 1 year tour, Country Dinner Playhouse circuit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Peter Ratray: Director

Acted in over 70 leading and featured roles in major regional, Off, and Off-Off Broadway theatres, including: Morgan Freeman’s standby on Broadway in Odet’s THE COUNTRY GIRL, directed by Mike Nichols. He was also in revivals of WAITING FOR LEFTY and THE ADDING MACHINE by the Obie winning New Group; appeared as VP Dick Cheney in the Public Theatre’s STUFF HAPPENS by David Hare, directed by Dan Sullivan, winner of Drama Desk Award – Best Ensemble and Best Off-Bwy. Play, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award – Best Off-Bwy Play. Last seen on Broadway co-starring in the Tony Award winning TORCH SONG TRILOGY by Harvey Fierstein. Co-starred in Off-Bwy’s longest running play PERFECT CRIME and was nominated for Los Angeles’s Ovation Award for his work in the acclaimed revival of NICKOLAS NICKELBY; also appeared in Jim Lehrer’s CHILI QUEEN; and at the Mark Taper Forum in THE MIND WITH THE DIRTY MAN by Jules Tasca.  Other stage roles include the Kennedy Center production THE MAGNIFICENT YANKEE with James Whitmore and the original West Coast premiere of BOYS IN THE BAND. Film roles include: lead in hit independent feature STONEWALL.  Also featured in James Cameron’s epic underwater adventure, THE ABYSS. TV Films include: THE AMAZING HOWARD HUGHES with Tommy Lee Jones, and, as John Dean, famed Watergate snitch, in WILL: G. GORDON LIDDY’S STORY with Robert Conrad. On Television: recurring on LAW AND ORDER (six episodes); LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT;  THIRD WATCH; NY UNDERCOVER; THE WRIGHT VERDICTS;  E R: and SEX AND THE CITY.  Long running roles on daytime TV: the Villianous Cristophe on ANOTHER WORLD, ALL MY CHILDREN, RYAN’S HOPE, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, BRIGHT PROMISE.                                                          

Edmund Gaynes

Thank you for the use of the very special Theater at St. Luke’s.

Jeff & Susan

Thank you for hosting us at Rustling Oaks in Chilmark, where I have written so many drafts of the play in such a magnificent and peaceful setting, and where I could be truly rested and creative and eat the most fabulous food.