Daniel Goldstein

Playwrights debut. Winner of the 2016 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theater Librettist. His musical Row, written with Dawn Landes about Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean, was commissioned by The Public and will have its world premiere this summer at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Daniel’s play Orange Crush, commissioned by Roundabout Theater Company, is about Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal. He is the recipient of an inaugural Calderwood Commission from the Huntington Theatre Company and The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub NY Voices Commission for New Musicals. With Michael, he is also the author of The Song Of Songs, an adaptation of the Sholem Aleichem novella. As a director, his work includes many productions on and off-Broadway and at theaters around the United States and internationally. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies.

Michael Friedman

Credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway and the Public Theater) Unknown Soldier, The Fortress of Solitude, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Mr. Burns. With The Civilians: Canard Canard Goose, Gone Missing, Nobody’s Lunch, This Beautiful City, In the Footprint, The Great Immensity, Paris Commune, Pretty Filthy, and The Abominables. He was the Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Public Forum at the Public Theater and Artistic Director of City Center Encores! Off-Center. He received the 2007 OBIE Award for sustained excellence and was honored with a star on the Playwright’s Sidewalk at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2018.  (photo by Jared Siskin)

(Updated Mar 2019)


Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright’s Perspective: Unknown Soldier

For as glorious a composer as Michael was, the only thing that ever mattered for him was the story — the often-brutal sometimes-tender evocation of our collective humanity. And I guess, for now, that has to be enough.