Member WGA, ASCAP, SAG, AFTRA, AEA, Dramatists Guild

Theater texts published by Playscripts, Inc.

List of ongoing corporate and institutional work on home page.

Current work includes: 

  • the trials & jubilations of Nicholas Raithe — 1/2 hr. single camera SciFi comedy series adapted from original stories by Lawson. In development with Sam Huntington, with James Roday.

  • Dream/Stateseries development and pilot scripting for television series based on Brian Keaney's trilogy The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus.  Goodman Pictures, Aaron Wiederspahn, Joe Goodman and Wojciech Frykowski, producers.

  • The Clearing — feature script created in collaboration with Sam Huntington, based on story by Lawson. In development with Huntington & James Roday.

  • imprint — SciFi feature in development with Max Botkin, based on a story by Botkin & Lawson.

  • Laws of Nature feature screenplay based on Lawson's short stories Tales of Nicholas Raithe, in development with 1stAvenue Machine (NYC, LA, London), Andrew Geller - producer, starring Sam Huntington (slated for 2020 production). Max Bodkin, dramaturg. 

  • The Great God Sokolov — slated to direct feature film adaptation he has done with Karen Sunde of her play "To Moscow". Ashworth Productions (Canadian co-production). 

Previous work includes:

  • Co-author (with director Jonathan Glatzer), co-producer, 2nd Unit Director and acting coach (Hilary Duff) for What Goes Up – a feature film shot in Vancouver, BC also starring Steve Coogan, Molly Shannon, Josh Peck, Max Hoffman and Olivia Thirlby (national release). 

  • Co-author (with Glatzer) of Tyler’s Gap, a television project produced by Touchstone/ABC & Fox Television - Rob Bowman, director; David Duchovney, Executive Producer. 

  • Play commission (by co-author Marlin Fitzwater) entitled Empires Fall concerning the fall of Communism and the relationship between George H. W. Bush & Mikhail Gorbachev (staged reading at Ford’s Theater, D.C. 2011; subsequently at the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M Univ., 2013). 

Lawson is the author & composer of dozens of theater texts, a number of which are published by Playscripts, Inc. (NYC), and are regularly produced across the U.S., Europe and Asia -- most recently, Hiroshima : crucible of light was produced in Singapore, London, Vancouver, Reno. NYC premiere in 2009 by the Untitled Theater Co. at Walkerspace. Texts have also appeared in American Writing, Poems & Plays and The Northern New England Review. 

 

Productions include:

  • Tabula Rasa, a music/theater piece about autism at the Neuro Fest (NYC)

  • Pandora’s Box: a vaudeville at the Houseman Studio Theater (NYC). 

  • everything is going to have to be put back produced at the Tre Stage in L.A. 

He is the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for his work on Leonardo’s Tank.  

His series of interrelated short fiction pieces under the title Geometric Cemetery is currently available at Amazon and at the Toadstool Bookshops (NH). Geometric Cemetery was a finalist in the Gorsky Press, Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction (2016). Apparitions - a collection of ghost stories - will be out in paperback in 2018.

 

Directing premieres include: 

  • The Death of Don Juan (an opera by Elodie Lauten) at Franklin Pierce University, and in 2011 conceiving & co-directing the New York premiere at Theater for the New City, as well as a screening of the video rendition of his production at the ‘Op on Screen Festival’ (NYC). 

  • Other notable works premiered at Franklin Pierce University (where he was on faculty until 2017) include script, score, direction & set design for : 

    • Hamlet - 7 rooms (2014), a radical deconstruction created in collaboration with his wife, choreographer Sally Bomer

    • Vanishing Point (2013), utilizing a score of electronic dance music

    • Echo Chamber (2011), concerning the massacre at Utøya Island in Norway

    • Terrible Destiny (2010) inspired by Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’

    • The Architect of NoPlace (2009), a music/theater project about silent films (in collaboration with Austrian writer & artist Kay Mühlmann)

    • The Transit of Mercury Across the Face of the Sun (2009/2010), also in collaboration with S. Bomer, which was restaged at the Region 1 American College Theater Festival, and runner up for the National KC/ACTF Festival  

    • …but the rain is full of ghosts was presented at the Kennedy Center as part of the National ACTF Festival (2003)

 

His series of multi-media installations - The Chapels Project - started in 2002 with an art/science endeavor based on the Camera Obscura that ran for two years (NH), and was followed up in 2004 with Recently Discovered : use unknown, a Wunderkammer environment of  real and imagined artifacts (also in NH).  In 2014, the third chapel, Memorial (ghost/embers) was installed at Franklin Pierce University, then subsequently at the Fitchburg Art Museum (MA, 2015) and then again in Keene, NH at the Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery.  A fourth chapel - Our Lady of the Sorrows - is in process. A recent exhibit of photographs and artifacts of local ruins was installed at the Thoreau Art Gallery in NH.  In the summer of 2017, his Devotional Book for the Church of Entomology was on exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a profile on him and his work in 2010, as did the Austrian periodical Freigeist - a publication of the Donau Universität in Krems, Austria, where he conducts an ongoing series of workshops in Narrative Strategies, Framing & Abstraction using digital media for the School of Telecommunications, Information and Media. He is professor emeritus at Franklin Pierce University, and was on faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of the Arts MFA program in playwriting & screenwriting until 2019. 

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Since 2010, Lawson has created new multi-media performance works as part of his Site Project initiative including The Interpretation of Dreams staged in Athens, Greece; Everyone Knows Who Bombed the Bank staged at the Hellenic American Union (Athens); and Artifacts, a staged at Monash University and the abandoned Calamai Textile Mill (Prato, Italy).

 

Full CV 2018
(complete corporate CV here)