ACTOR & PLAYWRIGHT

SEVAN K. GREENE

London & NYC

Bio

NYC/London-based playwright & actor.

Welcome to my official site where you can find out all the current projects going on for both my acting and writing projects. Please take a look around and reach out and say hello.

In brief, I moved to NYC in 2007 and soon after started my professional acting career as an AEA and SAG-AFTRA union actor appearing on stage in the Lortel Award-Winning Betrayed, HERE’s production of Betty Shamieh’s The Strangest, Yusef El-Guindi’s Language Rooms, and NYTW’s Aftermath. I also did some short stints on TV and film in The Dictator, Blue Bloods, and Damages. You can find out more by clicking on the Acting links in the menu above.

In 2010 I embarked on a writing career as well starting with my tenure in The Public Theater’s 2011 Emerging Writers Group. Since then my work has been seen at The Flea Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, NOOR Theatre’s HIGHLIGHT series, The Public Theater’s SPOTLIGHT series, Ugly Rhino, and Mixed Phoenix. You can find out more by clicking on the Writing links in the menu above.

In 2013 I decided to move to London to establish my career there as well. Since I arrive I have performed at The Camden Fringe, The Space, RichMix, and my work has been seen at Theatre503, Arcola, The Bush Theatre, Vertical Line Theatre, Birmingham Theatre Exchange, and The Camden Fringe.

I am currently working in both cities as an actor and a writer.

News

I will be July 13-29 with PlayPenn’s 2018 New Play Development Conference working with Ed Sylvanus Iskandar on my play You, The Fire, and Me. More info here.

I have been comissioned by the Atlantic Theater to write a new 15-minute piece to be presented as a reading as part of Middle Eastern Mixfest August 8-16, 2018. More info here.

Acting

Acting Media

 

Production Photos

April 25, 2013 - New York, NY: From left Gayton Scott, Ayub Khan Din, and Sevan Greene get notes from director Scott Elliott at a rehearsal from Bunty Berman Presents at the Row Theater on 41st street and 9th Ave. Due to a last minute injury, Din was cast as an actor in the play. CREDIT: Stephen Yang for the Wall Street JournalNY.AyubKhanDin
April 25, 2013 - New York, NY: From left Gayton Scott, Ayub Khan Din, and Sevan Greene get notes from director Scott Elliott at a rehearsal from Bunty Berman Presents at the Row Theater on 41st street and 9th Ave. Due to a last minute injury, Din was cast as an actor in the play. CREDIT: Stephen Yang for the Wall Street JournalNY.AyubKhanDin

 

Writing

 

I am a playwright/actor dedicated to exploring stories of the marginalized and unheard. Through ideas of identity, I want to dissect what someone is willing to sacrifice to preserve or transform themselves to secure their way of life or to fit into a dominant culture. My characters are diverse covering the Ethnic Other and the Cultural Majority through stories ranging from the Armenian Genocide and Indian Hijra communities to hoarders in Boston and even Lucifer himself. I am dedicated to expanding the landscape and canon of contemporary theatre through stories that are new, risky, and that bring new truths by re-familiarizing the familiar through the unfamiliar. I want to examine how truth and untruth, reality and falsehood, reason and unreason battle it out in the game of life. I am especially focused on exploring Middle Eastern identities in native and Western countries as they are affected by diasporas, revolutions, and everyday contemporary life.

Fellowships:

  • Member of The Bush Theatre inaugural 2015 Emerging Writers Group
  • Member of The Public Theater’s 2011 Emerging Writers Group
  • Rising Circle Theatre Collective’s 2010 InkTANK Writer’s Lab

Prizes:

  • 2018 PlayPenn New Play Development Conference Playwright – You, The Fire, and Me
  • ​2018​ O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist – You, The Fire, and Me
  • 2017 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist – I Am Not Mine
  • 2016 Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories – Forgotten Bread
  • 2016 Arch and Bruce Foundation Playwriting Prize – The House of In Between
  • 2016 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist – I Am Not Mine
  • 2015 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist – Sam-21
  • 2014 William Saroyan Prize Armenian Commendation Finalist – In the Name of Silence
  • 2014 William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Prize Finalist – I Am Not Mine
  • 2014 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist – Forgotten Bread
  • 2014 Papatango Playwriting Prize Short List – STUFF
  • 2013 PlayPenn Conference Finalist – babel
  • 2012 William Saroyan Playwriting Prize finalist – DOON
  • 2012 PlayPenn Conference Finalist – In the Name of Silence
  • 2011 Actors Theatre of Charlotte NuVoices Festival Winner – Narrow Daylight
  • 2010 William Saroyan Playwriting Prize finalist – Forgotten Bread

Other:

  • NYTW 2011/2012 Teaching Artist at the Khalil Gibran Academy
  • Co-founder and performer in NYC’s only Middle Eastern Sketch Group: Sketchy Arabs

Sevan’s work has been seen at:

  • The Bush Theatre
  • The Sheen Center
  • Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • Tamasha
  • Theatre503
  • Rich Mix
  • Arcola Theatre
  • The Public Theatre’s SPOTLIGHT series
  • New York Theatre Workshop
  • The Lark
  • Ghost Dog Productions
  • Greenbelt Festival
  • Vertical Line Theatre
  • Birmingham Theatre Exchange
  • Noor Theatre’s HIGHLIGHT series
  • The Arab-American Comedy Festival
  • The Kraine Theatre in Under Consideration
  • Access Theatre’s Access Works
  • Tiny Rhino 10-minute Play Festival
  • aMios’ SHOTZ festival
  • Mixed Phoenix Theatre
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Plays

Forgotten Bread

5M, 5W (with a possible expanded cast of 15M, 14W) – “History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past.” – Grace Lee Boggs. An ode to the Armenian Genocide, Forgotten Bread is the volatile, and sometimes humorous, journey of a Lost Son trying to uncover his family’s past and reclaim his cultural identity. Past and Present collide and melt into one another as he descends further down the rabbit hole of life, death, and survival pushed along by family secrets and historical truths. How can you undo the forced memory loss of survivors guilt to find your place in a world that has forgotten your people?

Narrow Daylight

1M, 4W – Reeling from the death of her husband and the recent loss of her son in the Iraq war, Susan Davis is confronted with a surprise visitor at her doorstep – a young Iraqi girl named Lena who is more connected to her son than she could ever imagine. Not even her best friend, cookie-baking Jesus-loving Gloria and her wise ass daughter Anne-Marie, can avoid the tides of change as West meets East in sleepy Panama City, FL.

babel

2M, 1W – Luke and Issa have found a friendship in the middle of an occupation war. Along with Issa’s twin sister, Hayat, the three find comfort, security and a sense of family again. But as the insurgency grows, their triangle is tested to the limits. What is the price of friendship forged in wartime? And how far will they go to find their freedom?

This Time

2M, 3W – In the sultry heat of 1960s Cairo, a clandestine love affair blooms between a married Egyptian woman and a Canadian professor ten years her junior. In a wintry Toronto house in the 1990s, an aging mother’s memories encroach on her recently divorced daughter’s attempts to restart her life. The past closes in, threatening to overwhelm the present. But what is real and what is illusion? Inspired by the memoirs of a Muslim woman who fought for her independence at a turning point in Egypt’s modern history, This Time is a lush new play about regret, romance, and familial responsibility.

STUFF

1M, 3W – Widowed Edith is a hoarder. She doesn’t think there’s a problem, but when the city of Boston sends her an order to clean-up or vacate, she is forced to come to terms with some harsh realizations. Unfortunately, that includes the well-intentioned, but meddling, Dr. Laziak who drags Ruth’s estranged children into the situation: Beth, a volatile self-abuser, and David, a socially awkward germaphobe. She’s got a week and all the odds are against her.

  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Papatango Prize.

I Am Not Mine

2M, 2W – Do revolutions truly change anything? After 13 years, Abdul-Rahim is released from captivity. Driven by the memory of his wife, he must find his two children, Qila and Mar, now young adults struggling to survive in the bleakest of conditions. But the past cannot leave the present behind and screams for revenge: A blood oath must be paid by the parent or the child. Inspired by the Syrian Civil War and Greek Tragedies, this new play examines the unforeseen aftermath of the Arab Spring revolutions.

Fear in a Handful of Dust

2M – A visceral look at the violent reality of WW1 trenches as seen through the eyes of two unlikely soldiers: Simon, an ex-pat raised in India, and Buck, a nationalist Irishman. This new play unveils the hidden and forgotten troops of the war and their personal struggles in a time of great upheaval and change. How can you survive the war when you’re not sure if you can survive your trenchmate?

Nahda: five visions of an Arab awakening

4M, 5W – Who is the Arab today? Five visions explore modern Middle Eastern identities in the West: the confusion of second generation children of refugees; the struggle of British-Muslim soldiers killing their cultural siblings; the consumerist obsession with cultural food fetishism; and the politics of baby-naming in a post-911 world.

  • Presented at The Bush Theatre (July 2015) as part of the Shubbak Festival.
  • Presented in Noor Theatre’s inaugural 2015 HIGHLIGHT series. Noor is the theatre-in-residence at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Sam-21

3M, 2W – A searingly brutal examination of sexual awakening in people with disabilities. A family’s fight against normalcy is brought into question when a cure for Down’s Syndrome is announced. To what lengths will a mother go through to ensure her son has a ‘normal’ life? Can a loving, but absent, father keep pretending his son is just like everyone else? And when an older brother ushers you into manhood in the most misguided way what will be the aftermath of your newfound knowledge? Sam has all the possibilities and all the odds stacked against him. It’s too bad no one has asked what he wants.

  • 2016 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist

You, The Fire, and Me

2M, 1W – Tommy, Jules, and Omer are tired of their worlds, their countries, their governments, and their families. They’re tired of being invisible. They’re tired of being disenfranchised. They’re tired of being no one. They’ve found a supportive family with one another and found the solution to their problems: Joining a terrorist organization. A coming-of-age story for a new generation, You, the Fire, and Me asks how far you would go to have your voice heard and to finally be seen as someone rather than just anyone.

  • 2018 PlayPenn Development Lab
  • 2018 Noor Theatre Highlight Reading Series
  • 2015 Bush Theatre Residency

Screenplays

Hassan

A demobbed British Arab soldier returning home after a four-year tour in Iraq must decide between trying to find a place in his old life and taking care of his family or starting a new life with an organization dedicated to creating a pure England.

NYB

NYB follows the electric 48hour journey of 6 “brown” people whose extraordinary lives converge as they confront issues of ethnicity, freedom, and self-discovery amidst the vibrant pulse of contemporary New York City.

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Three friends looking to recapture the strength of their bonds reunite for one last road trip, but test the limits of their friendship as secrets are revealed and lives changed forever.

Writing Media

 

Production/Rehearsal Photos

Feature Articles/Interviews

NO VEILS, NO HEADSCARVES – REIMAGINING THE MIDDLE EASTERN PLAY  – Culturebot

StageBuddy Interview for This Time

INTIMATELY with emerging playwright Sevan K. Greene – Female Arts

Cabaret Play The Greene Card tackles Racism – Desi Blitz

The LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review Interview

The New Current Interview Series

Daily brink interview

The Armenian Mirror Spectator

Kanjy Blog Interview

Writing Reviews

This Time

The Sheen Center/Rising Circle Theatre Collective, New York City
dir. Kareem Fahmy

‘This Time is a skillfully constructed, beautifully acted play…Mr. Greene proves adept at the balancing act, showing a subtle touch that lets the audience fill in the details.’ – The New York Times Critics Pick

This Time announces the arrival of Greene as a wonderful writer of complex, sexually aware female characters. It will be interesting to see what he does next because his ability to combine and contrast political and personal choices is not only worthy of admiration, but also something we need to see much more of.’StageBuddy

This Time reveals itself a full-fledged tragedy, succeeding as an achingly human story.’   – Howlround

…the play’s sweep is staggering…the thematic material is rich…This Time is an impressive feat.’ – The Front Row Center ★★★★

Too often, it seems, modern playwrights are challenged with creating a strong enough arc to engage an audience for two acts, instead relying on one long act. That is not the case with This Time. Greene’s storytelling is compelling and fresh, with engaging narratives.’ – OffOffLine

It is also exciting to see an off Broadway play that not only champions stories by and featuring artists of color, but also a play that centers on strong female characters.’ – Theatre is Easy

‘This Time may not provide easy answers, but it offers a compelling meditation on family, love, and identity.’ – Culture Catch

The Mysteries

The Flea Theatre, New York City
dir. Ed Iskandar

The New York Times Critics Pick
Time Out New York
New York Theatre

The Greene Card: The Unbelievable, Yet Completely True, Story of a Brown Boy in a White World

The Space, London
dir. Daniel Huntley Solon

‘A heart-warming, engrossing show from a strong new addition to London’s theatre scene.’ everything theatre ★★★★

 ‘The Greene Card was one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in a long while.  It is truly deserving of a transfer to a bigger venue, so that the talent involved, and the issues discussed can move as many people as possible, not only in terms of emotional reaction, but also in the desire to change the face of heteronormative theatre that is all too familiar and tired.’ – postscript journal ★★★★

‘This is a fascinating story…hopefully he’ll stick around in London and share more with us. It’s a well-considered choice for a transfer.’views from the gods ★★★★

Fear in a Handful of Dust

Cog ARTSpace
dir. Jonny Collis

Fear In A Handful of Dust is as painfully brutal as it is heartbreakingly beautiful. . .it is one of those rare theatrical experiences that leaves audiences in awe and is the type of play that etches itself to your memory.’ – the new current ★★★★★

 ‘. . .beautifully written. . .a powerful narrative which re-transports the viewer away from the European front line of 1916 and into colonial India. This play is both simple in narrative structure and complex in its effect; sad and hopeful, tragic and comedic. It’s a perfect hour long exploration of human nature. . .’ – londontheatre1 ★★★★★

 ‘Greene is a man who chooses his words carefully, and sure enough, Fear in a Handful of Dust captures that bleakness well. However, there’s also a beauty in this work – you can’t fail to be moved by the basic humanity that rests at its core.’ – views from the gods  ★★★★

‘A powerful and indescribable monolith to the human spirit. Surprising and brutal.’ – grump gay critic ★★★★

Despite the subject matter, this play crackles with snappy dialogue and humour, inviting you to consider the terrible sacrifices made by so many men 100 years ago.‘ – everything theatre ★★★★

‘The brilliance of this play is to show two men trapped in a nightmare they cannot get out of and they know it.’ – theatre bubble ★★★★

‘…where Sevan Greene’s intense, grittily believable two-hander succeeds in distinguishing itself is in its intimacy.’ – exuent ★★★★

‘An original stance on a war we often feel we know well.’  ginger hibiscus ★★★★

Narrow Daylight (workshop production)

The Actors Theatre of Charlotte, North Carloina
dir. Peter Smeal

‘Playwright Sevan Kaloustian Greene captures what real grief can look like and reflects it back to the audience.’ – artsalamode

‘…a tough, topical situation treated with a deft blend of comedy and explosive drama.’ creative loafing – charlotte

‘…tightly and efficiently constructed, credibly characterized, evoking sympathy without pleading for it.’the charlotte observer

Narrow Daylight skillfully channels contemporary life through the universal themes of love, loss, reconciliation, and family.’ – cvnc

‘…a play that adds an exciting new voice to our modern stage.’ – Matt Casper, Charlotte Viewpoint

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New York

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London

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Acting

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