Official Website of the Playwright, Author of the Lambda Literary Award Winning
DRAW THE CIRCLE
DRAW THE CIRCLE
(LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER)
THE SHAKING EARTH
Production upcoming at National Queer Theater, NYC, June 2020
The betterment society
THE BETTERMENT SOCIETY
Three women on a godforsaken mountain contemplate the idiocy and necessity of hope.
the empty place
World Premiere production upcoming at Kansas City Rep, February 2021
THE EMPTY PLACE
On a lost isle in the far northern seas, one family lives in the distance between zero and one and everything.
(2W, 3M, 2*)
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.
NELSON PRESSLEY, WASHINGTON POST
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.
AVIVA STAHL, THE VILLAGE VOICE
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." ... And toward that end, I find that I am particularly interested in the heroic journeys of the heart.
very brief bio
He is a New Dramatists resident playwright and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. He is fond of residencies and has been to MacDowell, Bogliasco, Wurlitzer, New Harmony and others. He has been produced and/or developed by Rattlestick, Mosaic, PlayMakers Rep, the Public, NYTW, New Harmony, and Ma-Yi to name a few.