Winner of the Lambda Literary Award

DRAW THE CIRCLE

Essay: "Do not disappear the words."
Published in the Why MacDowell now? series.

THE SHAKING EARTH

First Runner-up, India's Sulthan Padamsee Playwriting Prize

First Runner-up, Woodward International Playwriting Prize

2020 Canceled World Premieres:

THE SHAKING EARTH
& FLOOD

 

PLAYS

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DRAW THE CIRCLE
(LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER)

THE
SHAKING
EARTH

THE SHAKING EARTH

Covid-Postponed Production, National Queer Theater, NYC, June 2020
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First Runner-Up, India's 2020 Sulthan Padamsee Playwriting Prize

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First Runner-up, Woodward International Playwriting Prize

The betterment society

THE BETTERMENT SOCIETY

Published in the Methuen Books Anthology of Trans Plays

flood

the empty place

 

FLOOD

Covid-canceled World Premiere production at Kansas City Rep, February 2021

THE EMPTY PLACE

Joint-commission by NYU and New Dramatists, workshop production November 2019; still in development.

IN THE PRESS

DRAW THE CIRCLE is a singular theatrical experience. It concludes overwhelmingly, rendering transgender issues unignorable in today's divisive political climate.

BARBARA JOHNSON, BROADWAY WORLD

Trans playwrights are still emerging, which puts Deen’s show in the vanguard here ... “Draw the Circle” does not sugarcoat his despair or incidents of violence, yet it rather amazingly reaches back to retrieve people who easily could have been cut out for life. The wrathful moment confronting us with the ongoing violence against trans people does not define the tone of this personable, entirely approachable show. Inarguably, though, it’s that flicker of wrath that gives the piece its purpose.

We watch as Deen examines himself from afar, trapped in a moment of fear and vulnerability — a moment of self-exposure so raw and naked it took me aback. At a time when the words queer, trans, and Muslim automatically elicit a series of assumptions, racist stereotypes, and preordained narratives, Deen has managed to pull off a feat that is expansive and nuanced, one that encompasses many (sometimes contravening) truths and realities without sacrificing a sense of emotional wholeness and generosity.

NELSON PRESSLEY, WASHINGTON POST

AVIVA STAHL, THE VILLAGE VOICE

 

BIO

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aesthetic
Rumi has a poem that goes: "The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation. Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they're given wings." ... I am particularly interested in the heroic journeys of the heart.

very brief bio

He is a New Dramatists company member, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and first runner-up for India's Sulthan Padamsee Playwriting Prize. He has been supported with residencies at MacDowell, Bogliasco, Wurlitzer, Blue Mountain Center, New Harmony and others. He is represented by the Gurman Agency.

LATEST NEWS

 

DEC22
2020

TELEPHONES WITH CORDS

This short play for audio and video streaming is part of New Dramatists' Active Listening project, and will be launched on December 22. The play is published in Dramatists Play Service anthology Technical Difficulties: Plays for Online Theater.

JAN1
2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR

May this year bring you a vaccine and more times with loved ones.

MAY
2021

THE BETTERMENT SOCIEY

The play will be featured in an anthology of trans plays, published by Methuen Books, a subsidiary of Bloomsbury (UK).

CONTACT

For inquiries, please contact 
the Gurman Agency: 
Tel: 212-749-4618
Email: susan (at) gurmanagency.com

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