Ken Urban

The Happy Sad (2009)

Ken Urban's plays have been produced at The Flea, Moving Arts, Target Margin, Theatre of NOTE, Rude Guerrilla, The Mill @ Stage Left, and The Chocolate Factory. His work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, The Huntington, Son of Semele Ensemble, Urban Stages, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Soho Rep, and Annex Theatre. Ken is the recipient of the prestigious L. Arnold Weissberger Prize from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a Playwriting Fellowship from the Huntington Theatre in Boston, a MacDowell Residency, a Tennessee Williams Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the winner of the Moving Arts Premiere One Act Competition. His plays include I (HEART) KANT, Nibbler, Halo, The Absence of Weather, The Private Lives of Eskimos, The Female Terrorist Project, and The Happy Sad. His work is published in the anthologies New York Theatre Review and Plays and Playwrights 2002. A number of his plays are available in acting editions from Original Works Publishing, and he is featured in numerous monologue and scene compilations. Ken founded The Committee, a New York-based theatre company that produces "catastrophic theatre." In addition to directing his own work, he has directed plays by Sarah Kane, Harold Pinter, and Tennessee Williams. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and Rutgers University. He currently teaches theatre and playwriting at Harvard University. His play Nibbler opens at Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles in November. He sings and plays electronics in the Boston band The Avon Barksdale, and makes electronic music as Occurrence. Visit him at


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SPF Diary

July 31, 2009

I have learned so much from the SPF experience about my play. Things that you cannot learn from a...

July 26, 2009

The Week is Over
Some thoughts after the final performance of The Happy Sad:

July 25, 2009

Happy and Sad
Well, The Happy Sad is open and and I couldn't have predicted the overwhelming positive responses...

July 9, 2009

No New Pages
One of the joys of being in rehearsals is not only getting to watch actors tackle the scenes, but...

July 3, 2009

Preparing for Rehearsals
It is the week before rehearsals begin. For me, this week was all about making sure the script was...


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