Jerry Lieblich is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, Page 73, and Ars Nova. His play D Deb Debbie Deborah(Clubbed Thumb) was a New York Times and Time Out New York Critic's Pick. Other plays include Nostalgia is a Mild Form of Grief (|the claque|; Pipeline Theater Company) and Eudaemonia (not just 3 New Plays; upcoming with Concorde Theater Company, London). He is currently working on an EST/Sloan commission about Athanasius Kircher, the last Renaissance Man.
Jerry is also the writerly half of the divising team Tiny Little Band, whose most recent productionGhost Stories (Cloud City) was a Time Out New York Critic's Pick. Other work with Tiny Little Band has been developed at The Chocolate Factory, HERE Arts Center, PRELUDE, and Barn Arts Collective. www.tinylittleband.com
Jerry is a current member of Page 73's I-73 writers group, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, and an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Smith + Tinker (HERE Arts Center), and Pipeline Theater Company PlayLab. He has been a finalist for the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Heideman Award, He writes regularly for Culturebot, is a published scientist, and used to work at a zoo.
NOSTALGIA IS A MILD FORM OF GRIEF
Katie, a photographer, goes home to look at some baby pictures. What she finds is a house oppressively thick with her own history. Maybe remembering the memory will make it easier this time…
Developed with P73 (2015) and Playwrights Horizons (March 2016).
D DEB DEBBIE DEBORAH
Deb has a boyfriend. Deb is Deb. Deb has a job. Deb is Deb. Things are good. Deb is Deb. But who's her boyfriend? Who's her boss? Who are you? Who is Deb? Bizarre, unsettling and theatrically daring, D Deb Debbie Deborah is a mind-bending voyage into a world where losing your identity means losing everything.
First produced at Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks (May 2015). Developed with the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.
“dizzyingly clever…Mr. Lieblich’s dramatic intentions are always clear. And every element in the production feeds and particularizes this confused clarity. Or clear confusion.” - NY Times, Critics’ Pick
“(4 out of 5 stars) D DEB boasts moments of slippery gorgeousness, some of which have to be seen to be believed…another expertly produced Clubbed Thumb Summerworks show, crafted exquisitely to showcase a script.” - Time Out New York
A series of nested stories brings us deeper and deeper into the scary, unstable middle ground between belief and disbelief, a land where ghosts appear, people disappear, and the threat of crippling isolation lurks around every corner. Journey far into the labyrinthine passageways of memory, belief, and the unknown with this literary theatrical event that will leave you wondering who you are, which way is up, and what, if anything, do you believe.
Made with Tiny Little Band
Premiered at Cloud City, Brooklyn (May 2015). Developed at HERE Arts Center with the Smith + Tinker Writer's Group, Gershwin Live at Dixon Place, and Mohawk Arts Collective. Presented at PRELUDE.14.
" wonderful... Playwright Jerry Lieblich nests his spooky narratives like Russian dolls, deftly enfolding us in the show's origami structure till we're sure the dead are all around us... this is why we go to thrillers: to feel competent hands giving our fearful hearts just…a tiny…squeeze." - Time Out New York
1F, 2M, 1 Any Gender
In a shitty walkup somewhere in Brooklyn, Ned is hopelessly in love with Natalie, the cute girl downstairs. But when a small, scraggly demon emerges in Ned's apartment, the promise of a newer, cooler, hipper self threatens to dissolve his very personhood. Amidst strange doppelgangers, ominous portents, and an unending search for some meaningful transformation, three twentysomethings watch their identities disintegrate before their very eyes. Eudaemonia is a dark, imaginative, and wildly magical romp through the insecurities and isolations of urban life.
Premiered at (not just) 3 New Plays at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory.
Developed with Bookshop Workshops.
"Three twenty-somethings are given a brutal schooling in the fragility of 'reality' as they perceive it, and watch their archetypal lives implode in this wildly entertaining play... Between the superb acting, writing and stage design, Eudaemonia is a must see." - Stagebuddy.com
"You're going to enjoy this play." - New York Theatre Review