JAMES PRESSON is a playwright, actor, and director based in NYC. He also serves as the co-artistic director of Less Than Rent Theatre. His self-directed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III won awards for best director and best actor (Jake Ahlquist) at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2010. Other plays include LITTLE TOWN BLUES (an adaptation of Three Sisters that premiered at The Wild Project), FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS (an adaptation of Hedda Gabler), and WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEART (a Jacobean tragedy set in modern-day Connecticut). Other deconstructionist work includes WITCHES OF SALEM (original workshop at Fordham University) and DESIRE! [A VARSOUVIANA], which will premiere at Under St. Marks in November of 2012. He also was a co-writer on VOICES IN CONFLICT, a docudrama about the War on Terror, a smash hit and high-profile news item in 2007. It had runs at the Vineyard Theatre and Fairfield Theatre Company and gave single-night, special performances at the Public Theatre, Culture Project, and the Provincetown Playhouse. It was later adapted into a film for PBS. For his work, he was granted a special award from Music Theatre International as well as citations from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He is a graduate of Fordham University.
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Plays by James Presson on Indie Theater Now
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS
Blends the melodrama of Henrik Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER with the silliness of network television and bears witness to a public nervous breakdown with built in commercial breaks.
LITTLE TOWN BLUES
Navigating through delight and devastation, the boarding students of Deforest-Martin Prep rage against the machine of structured academia with the fire of a teenage rebel and the depth of a Russian poet.
WORDS, RAZORS, AND THE WOUNDED HEART
A Jacobean Revenge Comedy set in suburban Connecticut. Sacrifice! Betrayal! Prom!