Barbara Kahn

HEAVEN AND EARTH

The comfortable life in Wyoming of Jewish immigrants Simi and Rachel is disrupted by the winds of war blowing across 1930’s Europe and stirring the simmering anti-Semitism of the United States.

THE LADY WAS A GENTLEMAN

A “docu-comedy” about nineteenth-century lesbian actress Charlotte Cushman, a worldwide celebrity known for playing male roles, on the eve of her opening as Romeo in St. Louis, MO in 1858.

UNORTHODOX BEHAVIOR

The story of a young Jewish woman's confrontation with tradition in a small Russian village in 1913, a year on the edge of worldwide change.

WHITHER THOU GOEST

In 1922 New York City, initial conflicts of class and culture between a young Russian immigrant and a German Jewish American socialite give way to romantic feelings and scandal.

Barbara Kahn, a multi-award winning playwright, began her theatrical career while a teenager in Philadelphia, studying with the late Bob Sickinger. She continued her professional acting career Off-Off Broadway while pursuing a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts at Adelphi University. Barbara worked with OOB legends including Tom Eyen, Ron Link, Ted Harris and Robert Dahdah—an excellent apprenticeship. She studied professionally with Sandra Seacat, Roz Valero, Arthur Storch and Marilyn Roberts. Ellen Stewart produced Barbara’s first play, co-authored with Ray Hagen, at the world-renowned La MaMa E.T.C. Theater for the New City, under Executive Director Crystal Field, has been the primary New York City home for Barbara’s plays since 1994. Her plays have also traveled to both coasts, with productions in Hollywood, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston and Philadelphia. They crossed the Atlantic to Paris, France and Mainz, Germany.

Among her many awards are the Torch of Hope for “lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre,” the James R. Quirk Award for the Performing Arts for “her memorable contributions to American theatre” and the joint Robert Chesley Foundation Award for lgbt playwright/Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM residency. She has received numerous production grants from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation for positive presentation of lgbt characters in history.

Barbara works as a private coach for both playwrights and actors.