The Playwright

Simon Levy

is the Producing Director for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles where he’s been a resident playwright, director, and producer since 1993. His stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Drama, completes his Fitzgerald Trilogy, which includes Tender is the Night (Winner of the PEN Literary Award in Drama) and The Last Tycoon (winner of numerous awards and nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for Original Play). He recently completed a new adaptation/translation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People: A New Version for the 21st Century; and is writing a new play, The Canary. He’s also completing a young adult novel based on the romance of Tristan and Iseult. His stage adaptation of Eliot Weinberger’s celebrated article, What I Heard About Iraq, was produced worldwide, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won the Fringe First Award, the Adelaide Fringe Festival where it won the Fringe Award, was produced by BBC Radio, and received a 30-city UK tour culminating in London.  He was recently honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Lifetime Achievement Award in Directing. He is the author of other plays, short stories and poems… and his directing and producing credits, along with his awards, are numerous. For more information, please visit