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The Playwright's the Thing

Check out our roundup of dramatists working in television

Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, ... | STAGE CRAFT Four playwrights currently have writing/producing connections with L&O: Criminal Intent
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STAGE CRAFT Four playwrights currently have writing/producing connections with L&O: Criminal Intent

Say it with me now: The best writing is on TV. Which leads us to wonder... Could it be because there are so many playwrights working on those shows? Here are just a few dramatists who've traded the smell of the greasepaint for a steady paycheck.

Jon Robin Baitz
On TV Brothers & Sisters, creator, writer, exec producer
On Stage The Paris Letter (2005; starring Brothers & Sisters' Ron Rifkin), Chinese Friends (2004), Ten Unknowns (2001; starring Julianna Margulies and Donald Sutherland), Mizlansky/Zilinsky or ''Schmucks'' (1998; starring Nathan Lane), A Fair Country (1996), Three Hotels (1993; also starring Rifkin), The End of the Day (1992), The Substance of Fire (1992; starring Rifkin and Sarah Jessica Parker), The Film Society (1988), the short play My Beautiful Goddamn City

Warren Leight
On TV Law & Order: Criminal Intent, writer, co-executive producer
On Stage The 1999 Best Play Tony winner Side Man; the Off Broadway plays Glimmer, Glimmer & Shine (2001), starring John Spencer, and No Foreigners Beyond This Point (2005)

Theresa Rebeck
On TV Law & Order: Criminal Intent, co-exec producer, consulting producer
On Stage The Water's Edge (2006; with Kate Burton and Tony Goldwyn), Omnium Gatherum (2003; co-writer), The Butterfly Collection (2000), View of the Dome (1996), The Family of Man (1994), Loose Knit (1993), Spike Heels (1992). Upcoming: The Scene, starring Patricia Heaton and Tony Shalhoub, Off Broadway beginning Dec. 12

Diana Son
On TV Law & Order: Criminal Intent, writer, co-producer
On Stage Stop Kiss (1998) and Satellites (2006), both starring Sandra Oh

Craig Wright
On TV Brothers & Sisters, co-exec producer
On Stage Recent Tragic Events, starring Heather Graham (2003)

David Marshall Grant
On TV Brothers & Sisters, story editor
On Stage Pen (2006), Current Events (2000), Snakebit (1999)

Adam Rapp
On TV The L Word, writer, creative consultant
On Stage Among others: Red Light Winter (2006), Finer Noble Gases (2004), Faster (2002), Nocturne (2001)

Gina Gionfriddo
On TV Cold Case, writer; Law & Order: Criminal Intent, writer
On Stage After Ashley (2005, starring Kieran Culkin and Anna Paquin)

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006
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