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Neal Reynolds

Playwright; Screenwriter; Short-Story Writer; Essayist

Neal Reynolds has completed two full-length stage plays, Render Unto Drone and The Minimum Wage Presidential Candidate, sixteen ten-minute plays, and one four-minute flash play.

One of the ten-minute plays, The Relativist, was selected for a staged reading at Chicago Dramatists and then went on to be produced as part of an evening of shorts for four weekends by Lincoln Square Theatre in Chicago. Another ten-minute play was produced by The Theater of Western Springs, and the flash play  If Copyrights Were Like Patents was just produced this July as part of the "Art Meets Science at the Theater" festival held at Chicago Dramatists.

He has also written two screenplays. Arranged was a semi-finalist in the most recent joint Illinois Film Office/Chicago Film Office competition, and then (after revision) a top-ten finalist in a LiveReadLA contest. The Pizza Drone Murder (available on Amazon) recently received a staged reading with professional actors by the Chicago Screenwriters Network.

He has taken many classes at Chicago Dramatists, all taught by produced playwrights or other established industry professionals. He is a member of the Chicago Dramatists Playwrights Network, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the Chicago Screenwriters Network.

The ATC Youth Ensemble Deconstructs This Beautiful City
Essay

The ATC Youth Ensemble Deconstructs This Beautiful City

24 September 2016

Neal Reynolds writes on the power of This Beautiful City, performed by high school students at American Theater Company.

Do Playwrights Share the Blame for Abuse?
Essay

Do Playwrights Share the Blame for Abuse?

19 July 2016

Neal Reynolds discusses how a play's subject matter may increase the potential for an abusive production process.

Thoughts Inspired by ATC Youth Ensemble's Greensboro
Essay

Thoughts Inspired by ATC Youth Ensemble's Greensboro

A Requiem

11 September 2015

Neal Reynolds on American Theatre Company’s Youth Ensemble production of Greensboro: A Requiem by Emily Mann in Chicago, Illinois.