John O'Keefe earned an MFA at the University of Iowa, and now makes his home in San Francisco. She returned to the theater in 1991, producing and starring in a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free from December 26, 1991, to January 19, 1992. Black outs should be black. It's also the deceptively untheatrical approach O'Keefe has honed in three decades as one of the Bay Area's leading playwright … We have gathered together some brief tributes from various friends and colleagues who know and appreciate John and his work. John O'Keefe . I considered him my own private William Burroughs. All Rights Reserved. John O'Keefe: John O'Keefe is an American playwright, director and solo performer.Notable awards include the 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These, and a Bessie Award for Shimmer, which was also made into a motion picture by American Playhouse. O'Keeffe, John, 1747-1833: Personal reminiscences, by O'Keefe, Kelly, and Taylor; (New York, Scribner, Armstrong, and Company, 1875), also by John Taylor and Michael Kelly, ed. John O'Keefe (born 1940) is an American playwright, director and solo performer. I live for John’s late night calls raging against performance art snobs, or regional theater poohbahs, or just to declare, ‘I’m a singer Mark! The playwright is an archeologist. O’Keefe has two published books, one performance DVD and is included in one anthology. Playwright John O'Keefe has a new one-man show called Shimmer, about his adolescence. 2 ©2003 ACT ONE Set: The inside of a house. John O'Keefe (born 1940) is an American playwright, director and solo performer. [3], "Playwright Makes Art Out of 'Dark Memories, "Stories of a Detention Farm, From One Who Lived There", "John O'Keefe's ALL NIGHT LONG Gets Southern CA Premiere", "O'Keefe Dissects Literary Family / `Bronte' tells story of three sisters whose novels captured the Victorian era", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_O%27Keefe_(playwright)&oldid=962129589, 20th-century American dramatists and playwrights, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 June 2020, at 08:00. Notable awards include the 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These, and a Bessie Award for Shimmer, which was also made into a motion picture by American Playhouse.. Born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1940, O'Keefe was raised in a series of Catholic orphanages and juvenile homes. [2] He began singing in church choirs at the age of five and pursued his musical interests, subsequently receiving a vocal scholarship at the University of Iowa, where he earned a BA degree in philosophy and an MFA in theater. A reception will follow in Cafe Opus. Just as using a bulldozer to unearth fragile ancient pottery is inadvisable, so too is using a set, overly-planned method to evoke character and story. I am sure many others considered him their own – experimental theater shaman. Among these are Tony Lumpkin in Town (1778), Love in a Camp (1786), and Omai (1785), an account of the voyages of the Tahitian explorer Omai, and Wild Oats (1791). The performance, "Two Songs," features O’Keefe’s “Sunshine’s a … In two acts. CSC has rediscovered Wild Oats, a rarely performed play by Irish-born playwright John O’Keefe and it is quite the little gem.It has all the trademark devices of mistaken identity, romantic complications, happy coincidences and resolutions found in the great comedies – and sometimes the tragedies – of Shakespeare – and then some. Notable awards include the 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These, and a Bessie Award for Shimmer, which was also made into a motion picture by American Playhouse. John O'Keefe is an internationally acclaimed playwright, director and solo performer. Playwright John O’Keefe returns to Hamilton College with a new evening of work on Saturday Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn. Spark talks to John O'Keefe, a San Francisco playwright who's been on the scene for decades. On stage, she starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long by American playwright John O'Keefe, and the first American musical adaptation of Jane Eyre. Playwright John O’Keefe’s past is catching up with him, but if he is feeling any dread, it’s not coming through the telephone. Join Facebook to connect with John O'keefe and others you may know. She digs for things hidden. ... Playwright. John O'Keeffe (24 June 1747 – 4 February 1833) was an Irish actor and dramatist. As a playwright, director and solo performer for over 40 years, John O’Keefe’s work has been produced and celebrated in Europe and the U.S. and in venues including the Second Stage Lincoln Center and Public Theater in New York, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Magic Theatre in the Bay Area, the Odyssey Theatre and Mark Taper Forum in LA and in regional theaters across the U.S. There is “John O’Keefe is an American original, a national treasure. His plays, which include Jimmy Beam, Chamber Piece, All Night Long, The Saints of Father Lyons, Ghosts, The Brontë Cycle, Times Like These, and Glamour have been produced by theatres such as New York's Second Stage and San Francisco's Magic Theatre. John O'Keefe, The Dan Dietrich playwright-in-residence will present "Shimmerings," a selection of readings from his plays Glamour, Times Like These, The Brönte Cycle, and Shimmer, on Friday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in the Red Pit, KJ 109. As a playwright, director and solo performer for over 40 years, John O’Keefe’s work has been produced and celebrated in Europe and the U.S. and in venues including the Second Stage Lincoln Center and Public Theater in New York, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Magic Theatre in the Bay Area, the Odyssey Theatre and Mark Taper Forum in LA and in regional theaters across the U.S. As a collaborator first and foremost, John has worked with a stellar cross-section of theater artists and musicians. O’Keefe can snare his audience with his imagistic audacity and demonic narrative momentum with the gut-grabbing pull of a horror movie.”. He joins Fresh Air to perform a short excerpt. “Here is a poet who speaks with candor to the heart of the mind, who fearlessly and lyrically dances directly into the unapproachable, true and profound as a heartbeat.” John O’Keefe . John O’Keefe, playwright, director, performer. It’s like one of those doll houses with shuttered windows and big rooms. [3], O'Keefe moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s, beginning an affiliation with the Magic Theatre that continues to this day. He wrote the libretto for Chrysalis, a new opera written with Clark Suprynowicz for the Berkeley Opera in 2006. Going back to the 1970’s, John plays have been staged at many of the country’s most respected theaters. [1], Born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1940, O'Keefe was raised in a series of Catholic orphanages and juvenile homes. by Richard Henry Stoddard (page images at HathiTrust) O'Keeffe, John, 1747-1833: The poor soldier: a comic opera. John O'Keefe Bio, Photos, Theatre Credits, Stage History - learn all about their career on stage. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Notable awards include the 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These, and a Bessie Award for Shimmer, which was also made into a motion picture by American Playhouse. Here is the long and winding road of his many professional productions, starting from those early days and leading right up to the present. In a dramatization of the Bronte family's passionate and short existences, the Magic Theatre in San Francisco opens Bronte, the world premiere of playwright-performer John O'Keefe… When John O'Keefe steps into the boxing ring at Coconut Grove's Virrick Gym Saturday at 8:00 p.m., he'll have no opponent. With all the original songs. Or rather, no tangible opponent. O'Keefe also co-founded the Blake Street Hawkeyes, a performance-lab ensemble based in Berkeley. Recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle … His play "All Night Long" was produced at Hamilton in 2002, and in 2005 he served as Dan Dietrich Playwright in Residence for the production of his play "Reapers," directed by Carole Bellini-Sharp… Born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1940, O'Keefe was raised in a series of Catholic orphanages and … And she can’t always use direct means to bring them to light. Songwriter. John O'Keefe (born 1940) is an American playwright, director and solo performer. John O’Keefe 499 Alabama St. #300 San Francisco, CA 94110 Production credits to come CHARACTERS: META WOLFF OSCAR WEISS SET: An apartment in Berlin 1930 SOME ADVICE FROM JOHN O’KEEFE: Do not use a blue light for the black out. Notable awards include the 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These, and a Bessie Award for Shimmer, which was also made into a motion picture by American Playhouse.. Born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1940, O'Keefe was raised in a series of Catholic orphanages and juvenile homes. Original air date: June 2004. Southern California premiere of All Night Long — The thin line between waking and dreaming, the conscious and subconscious, is exposed in playwright John O’Keefe’s outrageously funny, surreal sit-com about 18 hours in the life of an all-American nuclear family. John O'Keefe's play is in previews Wednesday and Thursday, has its world premiere Friday and runs through March 5 at the Magic Theatre, Fort Mason … He has worked with the Iowa Theatre Lab and co … There is a stairway stage left that leads to three rooms above”: Tammy’s room, Eddy’s room, and the master bedroom. John O'Keeffe (writer) (1747–1833), sometimes O'Keefe, Irish playwright John O'Keeffe (painter) (c. 1797–1838), Irish painter John O'Keefe (Irish politician) (1827–1877), Member of Parliament for Dungarvan, 1874–1877 John O'Keefe (Australian politician) (1880–1942), Queensland state MP He wrote a number of farces, amusing dramatic pieces and librettos for pasticcio operas, many of which had great success. Notable awards include the 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These, and a Bessie Award for Shimmer, which was also made into a motion picture by American Playhouse. John O'Keefe contains multitudes. O’Keefe is the author of 14 full length plays and 4 solo shows that he himself has performed. One of the two strands of the playwright John O'Keefe's vivid, chargingly energetic performance monologue "Vid," at Performance Space 122, is … John O'keefe is on Facebook. John O'Keefe (playwright) John O'Keefe (born 1940) is an American playwright, director and solo performer. © 2019 John O'Keefe. O’Keefe has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including winning the Bay Area Critic’s Award for his play “All Night Long,” a Bessie Award for “Shimmer,” and residencies at the Sundance Film Institute and the University of Iowa. John O'Keefe Email Alerts. While the label “experimental” may be applied to John’s work without risk of contradiction, the more apt term might be “artful”… in that his work has always sought to touch and effect his audiences and performers at the deepest and most meaningful levels. Million Dollar Quartet. 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