Simon Stephens

Playwright

Friday June 10th
11:00 am
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2:00 pm

Heisenberg

Simon Stephens, one of theater’s most original voices brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.
Friday June 10th
12:30 pm
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2:00 pm

Post Show Talk-Back

Tony Award® Winning Playwright, Simon Stephens, discusses the creation of Heisenberg
Saturday June 11th
11:00 am
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2:00 pm

Sea Wall

A man makes sense of his life, love, family and the possibility of faith whilst facing an emotional abyss.Simon Stephens wrote the script as a stage play specifically for Andrew Scott. The film was directed by Andrew Porter & Simon Stephens and was produced by Veracity Digital. In 2019 the play ran at New York’s Public Theater.

For more than twenty years Simon Stephens' work has been widely translated and produced throughout the world. He has won many Awards including Olivier and Tony Awards for new plays. His work ranges from the deeply political, considering such subjects such as the 7/7 London bombings (Pornography) or the possibility of school shootings in the UK (Punk Rock) to the intimate and personal (Heisenberg, Harper Regan). His adaptation of Jose Saramago’s Blindness was made into a light and sound installation that was produced internationally during the Covid 19 pandemic. His most famous play is his adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Simon Stephens has been an Associate at the Royal Court, London and Steep, Chicago and a board member of Paines Plough. He is a Professor of Scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University and an Associate Professor at the Danish National School of the Performing Arts, Copenhagen.

Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Play for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, which he adapted from Mark Haddon’s Book.

His plays Fortune, Light Falls, Maria, Fatherland, Rage, Heisenberg, Nuclear War, Song from Far Away; Birdland, Carmen Disruption, Blindsided, Morning, Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, The Trial of Ubu, Marine Parade,  Sea Wall, Harper Regan, Pornography, Motortown, On the Shore of the Wide World, One Minute, Country Music, Christmas, Port, Herons and Bluebird have been translated into more than 20 languages and produced all over the world.

He has written English language versions of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind; Odon Von Horvath’s Kasimir and Karoline (titled The Funfair); Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull and Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera. He adapted Jose Saramago’s for the stage.

He has presented four series of the Royal Court Playwright’s Podcast. His book “A Working Diary” is published by Methuen. Simon Stephens has been an Associate at the Royal Court, London and Steep, Chicago and a board member of Paines Plough. He is a Professor of Scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University and an Associate Professor at the Danish National School of the Performing Arts, Copenhagen.

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