Three new One-Acts–”That Rule of So,” “Being Presidential,” and “How a Nation Changed Its Spots”–by Mr. Abrams were given a staged reading in the NEWS PLAYS READING SERIES for 2007. Mr. Abrams’ recent work, THE VIEW FROM HARRY’S BAR, premiered at TAT during season 2003. This followed TAT’s successful premiere, in season 2001, of his drama, ERICA’S LAST MISSION. Mr. Abrams has also been represented in TAT’s New Plays Reading Series with A SOUNDER SLEEP (an early title for ERICA’S LAST MISSION,) JOSEPH and JOSEPHINE, and AFTER THE PRAGUE SPRING. Educated in Canada, France and the United States, Mr. Abrams has a doctorate degree in theatre and communication. In 1972, he was appointed to the UN Population Fund in New York, and from 1990 through 1994, he served in New Delhi as the organization’s Country Director for India and Bhutan.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc., and Playformers of New York, Mr. Abrams’ other script production credits include: AND NO CEREMONY – award-wining one-act play produced on TV and on the stage in both Canada and the US (the TV productions included CBC, Canada, 1967, and WSJK-TV, Knoxville, 1970); REPORT TO THE COMMITTEE ON PORNOGRAPHY and SERVICE IN TIME OF LOVE – two one-act plays produced by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club; OUR FATHER IN VENICE, full-length book and lyrics; music by New York composer Richard Fagan, produced by Quebec Drama Festival. A TALE OF THE ONION OF INTELLIGENCE – one-act play adapted for the Western stage from an original full-length play by Marathi writer, Shankar Patil, and produced 1994 in New Delhi; AMOEBA, one-act play, first produced at Michigan State University, 1969, with subsequent productions on TV and on stage in the US and Canada; DEVIL IN THE ICE-BOX produced by Evergreen Players for 1968 Quebec Region National Drama Festival, one-act version produced by New Playwrights’ Theater, Michigan State University; BALLAD FOR A TWO-CAR GARAGE play with songs based on Gay’s The Beggars’ Opera and Brecht’s Threepenny Opera; produced by Georgian Players, Montreal; JOSEPH AND JOSEPHINE – teleplay produced by WMSB-TV, Lansing, Michigan for Central Educational Network, with script awarded Citation of Honor in the Story Magazine College Creative Awards; also produced in translation in Israel by the National Broadcasting Authority; SPANISH BLUE – teleplay produced by CBC, Montreal, 1964.