About the Playwright
Steven Dietz’s 30-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over 100 regional theatres in the U.S., as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over 20 countries, including recently in Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, Estonia, and Iran. Previously at Seattle Rep: Over the Moon (2003) and Private Eyes (1998). Recent world premieres include Bloomsday (Steinberg New Play Award Citation) at ACT, and This Random World (Humana Festival of New American Plays) at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other recent Seattle projects include Lonely Planet at West of Lenin, On Clover Road at Seattle Public Theater, and Go Dog Go! at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Dietz’s interlocking companion plays for adult and youth audiences (The Great Beyond and The Ghost of Splinter Cove) will premiere in Charlotte, NC this spring. Currently a Dramatists Guild “Traveling Master,” Dietz teaches workshops in playwriting, collaboration, and story-making across the U.S. He and his wife, playwright Allison Gregory, divide their time between Seattle and Austin. Thanks to Joe Sedlachek.
"I'm certainly no expert on Vietnam or the Sixties, but I believe that era continues to haunt the American experience in deeply insidious ways. The people at the center of that cultural and political moment, whether Kennedy or Johnson or McNamara or Dylan or the Beatles, they all still have complex significance and resonance today. So, perhaps every writer and artist is drawn to this kind of resonance, the power of a singular moment in time. All I know is that I started out writing a play about Robert McNamara with my left hand, while at the same time trying to write a play about the depth and failure of a male friendship with my right hand. The war in Vietnam—which made the Sixties not just transitional but incendiary—turned out to be the thing that was powerful enough to make those two plays collide. The result was Last of the Boys." –Steve Dietz, playwright