Introducing Scott, Theatre Reviewer


Scott Klavan headshotOur new theatre reviewer at Escape Into Life is Scott Klavan, an actor, director, and playwright in New York. By now, you’ve probably seen several of his reviews here, which are also often essays on the state of theatre in our culture. For twenty years, Scott was Script and Story Analyst for the legendary actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and worked in a similar capacity for such companies as HBO, Viacom, Warner Bros., and Universal Pictures. In December, 2013, Scott appeared in his own full-length play A Child is in the House for Emerging Artists Theatre. He wrote and appeared in The Double Murder Plays, a series of one-acts, for the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival, and one of the plays, Double Murder, was published in Best American Short Plays of 2006-2007 by Applause Books. In the 2010 Fringe festival, Scott wrote and performed in P.O., a provocative two-man play about modern postal workers being downsized. In the 2013 NY International Fringe Festival, he played the mysterious figure of Simon in Strange Rain, by Linda Crawford.

Science fiction fans will be pleased that Scott played the astronaut Eugene in The Pod, a selection the 2013 Philip K. Dick Film Festival. Short story readers will want to know that he wrote the theatrical adaptation of Raymond Carver’s classic short story, Cathedral, produced Off-Broadway by Theater By The Blind (TBTB—now Theater Breaking Through Barriers). And those who love to laugh will appreciate that his comedy video for The Onion News Network, Gorilla Mortality, has been viewed 1.4 million times (or more) on YouTube.

This summer, Scott will be the final judge and visiting playwright for Heartland Theatre Company’s New Plays from the Heartland Midwest One-Act Play Competition.

The theme is Escape, and the deadline is May 1, so, if you are a playwright in the Midwest, start writing! (Details in the links below.)

Scott Klavan’s Website

Scott Klavan’s Review of Bronx Bombers (and riff on sports vs theatre)

Scott Klavan’s Review of Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Scott’s Review of The Jacksonian by Beth Henley 

Scott Klavan at Heartland Theatre Company 

New Plays from the Heartland Midwest One-Act Play Competition