True story: Before finding fame as a writer, Beat Generation icon William Burroughs met a German Jewish woman named Ilse Herzfeld Klapper in Dubrovnik. A year later, they were married.
Ilse Burroughs received a U.S. visa from this marriage and arrived in New York in 1939, where she worked for exiled anti-fascist German writer Ernst Toller.
Hotel Mayflower imagines how these three lives intersected in a Manhattan hotel in 1939 - a landscape of political refugees, growing fascism, and attempts to rewrite history.
Semifinalist, 2019 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
The Drowned Girl
Directed by Andrew Bellware
Music by Dean Schlabowske (Waco Brothers, Wreck)
Six broadside-style monologues, filmed at various moments in 2020, reflect on how COVID-19 rippled through our lives. How did pandemic change our views of science, history, art, government -- and ourselves?
Featured in the Vancouver and Prague Fringe Festivals
All works filmed in a socially-distanced manner, in collaboration with Pandora Machine and Mind the Gap Theatre.
with Lola Montez
July 2019 at the Capital Fringe Festival
"... a fun romp that effortlessly links ancient themes of imperial deification & the 20th century cult of rock and roll." - MD Theatre Guide
World Premiere May 2014 - WSC/Avant Bard
The amazing story of how two American women became war correspondents in 1897 Greece.
How the Velvet Revolution - and an American grad student - sparked a classic book by Bohumil Hrabal.
How did the streets of Hong Kong become a teeming laboratory for protest in a surveillance state?
Ivan Sviták, the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968 -- and the continuing relevance of his thought in a post-truth age.
(C) 2023 by Richard Byrne