Stephen Kaplan

is an award-winning playwright based just outside of New York City. With his first play written at the age of fifteen, his plays have been produced around the country and in Europe.
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Tim Eless, Private Eye - Production #5

Seoul Players

Tim Eless, Private Eye receives its fifth production and first internationally as part of Seoul Players' 10 Minute Play Competition running November 13-14.

For Unto Us - Production #6

Lionheart Theatre Company

For Unto Us will receive its sixth full production as part ofLionheart Theatre's Holiday Punch Festival in Norcross, Georgia, running December 3-6.

In Mrs. Baker's Room - Production #1

Theatre Southwest

In Mrs. Baker's Room will receive its first full production as part ofTheatre Southwest's 18th Annual Festival of Originals in Houston, Texas, running July 24-August 8.

For Unto Us - Reading

Village Playwrights

For Unto Us will be featured inVillage Playwrights' Re-Inventing Family Reading Series at the LGBT Community Center in New York City on Wednesday, June 24th.

Drill and The Choice - Production #2

Gi60 US 1-Minute Play Festival

Drill and The Choice were selected to be part ofGi60 Live US 1-Minute Play Festival at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts June 11-13.

For Unto Us - Production #5

Tim Eless, Private Eye - Production #4

The Players Guild of Leonia

For Unto Us will receive its fifth full production and Tim Eless, Private Eye its fourth as part of The Players Guild of Leonia's Playwrights Showcase running June 12-14.

For Unto Us - Production #4
Stage Q - Queer Shorts 10

For Unto Us will receive its fourth full production as part of Stage Q's Queer Shorts 10 Festival running June 12-20.

For Unto Us - Production #3
La Strada Rainbow Festival

For Unto Us will receive its third full production as part of La Strada Ensemble Theater's Rainbow Festival running June 3-13.

The Seventh Son - Semi-Finalist
2015 Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival

Out of 69 submissions, The Seventh Son has been named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival for plays for youth/children.

Two Plays Part of
5th NJ One-Minute Play Festival

Happy Meal and Father's Day will be part of the 5th NJ One-Minute Play Festival at Luna Stage May 3rd & 4th.

For Unto Us - Selection - 3rd Annual
New Moon Short Play Festival

For Unto Us has been selected as one of a few plays for the Professional Playwrights Evening in Luna Stage's3rd Annual New Moon Short Play Festival on May 11th.

In Mrs. Baker's Room - Semi-Finalist -
Drury University One-Act Contest

Out of 190 submissions, In Mrs. Baker's Room has been named a semi-finalist in Drury University's One-Act Playwriting Contest.

Accepted into Project Y Writer's Group

Stephen is honored to be one of 12 new playwrights chosent to be part of the 2015-2016 Playwrights Group withProject Y Theatre Company.

Four Plays Now Published On

Indie Theatre Now

Exquisite Potential, A Real Boy, The Seventh Son and Four Play With a Gun are now published on Indie Theatre Now.

Two Plays Part of 1st NY Indie Theatre
One-Minute Play Festival

Drill and The Choice will be part of the 1st NY Indie Theatre One-Minute Play Festival at The New Ohio Theatre February 17-19.

unaa  chaosmae - Finalist
Route 66 Development Workshop

una casa/a home was one of 12 finalists out of 330 submissions forRoute 66 Theatre Company's New Play Development Workshop

For Unto Us - Winner!
We Love Short-Shorts Festival

For Unto Us won second place and will be presented in a Concert Reading in March at Storefront Theatre in North Carolina.

For Unto Us - Winner! MiniFest Best Play

For Unto Us won Best Play along with Best Actor and Best Set inAcadia University's MiniFest.

unaa  chaosmae - Finalist
Landing Theatre Company

una casa/a home was one of 10 finalists out of 400 submissions for Landing Theatre Company's 2015 New American Voices Play Reading Series.

For Unto Us - Selection in
Barrington Stage Company's 10x10 Festival

For Unto Us was selected as one of ten selections for Barrington Stage Company's 10 x 10 Festival and will be performed February 13-March 12.

For Unto Us - Winner! MiniFest Selection
Canada Premiere

For Unto Us was chosen as one of six selections for Acadia University's MiniFest and will be performed in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada January 21-24, 2015.

The Seventh Son - World Premiere

Bergen County Academies commissioned the new play The Seventh Son which premieres November 14th and runs for three performances at the Hackensack Campus. To view images from the production, please click here.

In Mrs. Baker's Room - Winner - Center for
Spiritual Living Playwriting Contest

In Mrs. Baker's Room won the Center For Spiritual Living's first ever playwriting contest. It was performed in a staged reading with the two other winners.

Exquisite Potential - Nominated for 5
Desert Star Awards

Dezart Performs' Production of Exquisite Potential was just nominated for 5 Desert Star Awards, presented by the Desert Theatre League - Outstanding Production - Comedy, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Lead Actor, and Two Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Exquisite Potential - New York Premiere

New York, NY

Exquisite Potential will run in rep for 12 performances at the Arclight Theatre July 17th-August 3rd. Tickets on sale now through Project Rushmore's website. Read the official press release on Broadwayworld.

A Real Boy - Regional Premiere

Bryan/College Station, TX

A Real Boy will be part ofThis Is Water’s inaugural season and will open Summer 2014! Check out theNBC news segment on This Is Theatre (and see some of the script pages from A Real Boy featured in the segment!)

A Real Boy - Semi-Finalist
PlayPenn Development Conference!

New York, NY

A Real Boy was selected as one of 24 semi-finalists inPlayPenn's 2014 New Play Development Conference out of 600 submissions.

unaa  chaosmae - Reading
Magic Time at Judson Church

New York, NY

The first reading of una casa/a home was presented at Magic Time at Judson Church.

A Real Boy - Semi-Finalist
Dayton Playhouse's FutureFest!

Dayton, OH

A Real Boy was selected as one of 12 semi-finalists inDayton Playhouse's FutureFest. Finalists will be announced May 1.

Exquisite Potential - Reading

New York, NY

Project Rushmore presented its second reading of Exquisite Potential on March 23rd, 2014 at the Arclight Theatre. For More Info

A Real Boy - Reading
 Beer Battered New Works Month

Montclair, NJ

A Real Boy was part of StrangeDog Theatre's Beer Battered New Works Month on March 11th, 2014 at Tierney's Tavern Upstairs - 136-138 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ.

A Real Boy - Reading

New York, NY

A Real Boy was presented by Athena Theatre in a private industry reading on March 10th, 2014.

Dramatists Guild
 New Jersey Regional Representative

Stephen was chosen as the New Jersey Regional Representative for The Dramatists Guild and will serve a two year term as the state's Rep.

Exquisite Potential - West Coast Premiere
Winner of Audience Favorite

Palm Springs, CA

After being selected as the Audience Favorite in Dezart Performs' Annual Reading Series, Exquisite Potential received its West Coast premiere at the Pearl McManus Theatre.

Passaic Community College

Passaic, NJ

After Hurricane Sandy canceled last year’s residency, Stephen was named PCCC’s 2013 Playwright-in-Residence. He will visit theatre classes and discuss his work and share the first act of his newest play in progress, A Home.

In Mrs. Baker’s Room - Wins
 Father Hamblin Award for
 Outstanding Playwriting

New York, NY

"In Mrs. Baker's Room" was chosen as the winner of the Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting in the Abingdon Bay Ridge One-Act Festival.

A Real Boy - Semi-Finalist
MTWorks NewBorn Festival!

New York, NY

A Real Boy was selected as a semi-finalist inMTWorks Newborn Festival out of 561 submissions.

Exquisite Potential Gets Six
Desert Star Nominations!

Palm Springs, CA

The staged reading of Exquisite Potential atDezart Performs was nominated for 6 Desert Star Nominations - including Outstanding Production, Director, and the entire cast!

In Mrs. Baker’s Room - Commission from
Abingdon Theatre Company

New York, NY

Stephen was one of three playwrights commissioned byAbingdon Theatre Company for their 2nd Annual Bay Ridge One-Act Festival. His new play,In Mrs. Baker’s Room about a fifth grade teacher obsessed with his own former fifth grade teacher will be staged in Brooklyn at the Christ Church on Saturday, August 17th at 7pm. More info to follow. Read more about it on

Exquisite Potential - Finalist
Woodward/Newman Drama Award

Bloomington, IN

Exquisite Potential was chosen as one of the top ten finalists out of 469 submissions for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award fromThe Bloomington Playwrights Project.

Exquisite Potential - Premiere
Winner of NJ Playwriting Contest

Wayne, NJ

Exquisite Potential won theNew Jersey Playwrights Contest and received a full production in April, 2013. Read more about it, andThe Record/Herald News

A Real Boy - Semi-Finalist
Ashland New Play Festival!

Ashland, OR

A Real Boy was selected as a semi-finalist inThe Ashland New Play Festival out of 561 submissions.

2012-2013 Polygraph Tests

New York, NY

Stephen will be one of three playwrights-in-residence as Exquisite Potential was chosen for True False Theatre's Development Residency.