Herman Daniel Farrell III

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Herman Farrell has written more than 30 plays (10 Minute, One Acts, Full Length) over the past 30 years. Here is a representative sample.
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A short play about an African slave who was born into freedom in the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam only to see her freedom taken from her when the English took over New York. She comes to the African Burial Ground to pour libations on the grave of her father who haunts her. This play was commissioned by the American Slavery Project: Unheard Voices, Judy Tate, Artistic Director to be performed as a site-specific work at the African Burial Ground National Historic Monument in Lower Manhattan. The play, along with several other short pieces was presented in a staged reading at the Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz Cultural Center in Harlem, NY in 2012.

Short Play, 1F

Bedfellows

A political potboiler that takes you behind-the-scenes of an inner-city Tammany Hall-style convention where a heated special election pits the widow of a deceased white male Congressman against Black and Latino rivals."Vying for a congressional seat vacant because of the incumbent’s recent demise, politicians play musical beds to the tune of shaky alliances and vacillating loyalites. The mini-convention is only hinted at offstage and the back-room deals with behind-the-scenes players are Farrell’s focal point," wrote Jana J. Monji in the Los Angeles Times. "Pondering who the real politicos are, Farrell has created a play of sly revelations." Bedfellows had its world-premiere at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles, produced by The Echo Theatre Company, directed by Chris Fields and was subsequently presented in New York at The Flea, directed by Jim Simpson. The play was originally workshopped at the National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut where it was received the Brodkin Scholarship Award.

Two Act Play, 9M, 4F

General George Washington, Part I
General George Washington, Part II
General George Washington, Part III (contact the playwright)
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This trilogy of plays tells the story of Washington’s journey through the War for Independence from the moment he leaves Mount Vernon in 1775 to the
moment he returns in 1783. It not only treats Washington’s personal odyssey but it also weaves into the narrative the stories of such notable figures as John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Marquis de Lafayette, King George III and King Louis XVI while also shedding some light on some
lesser known participants in the Revolution such as Beaumarchais, the playwright and arms dealer, Le Chevalier d’Eon, spy and notorious transvestite,
as well as composite characters based on real-life Irish, African-American, Jewish and women soldiers, the multicultural range of participants in that
revolutionary movement and moment that were fortunate enough to have George Washington – leading. Readings at New Dramatists and Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Three 3 Act Plays, 12 actors, multiple roles

Jump

Woody, a biracial American, confronts his past in an attempt to figure out his future. A semi-autobiographical play based on Farrell's experiences as a mixed race individual. An earlier (and substantially different) version of this play, entitled There, had readings/workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club (1993), the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (1995), Primary Stages (NEA Grant, 1996) and the Crossroads Theatre Company (1998). New Dramatists Alumni Reading of Jump at Playwrights Horizons, June 21, 2011 Directed by John Steber.

Full Length Play, 90 minutes, no intermission, 5M, 5F

Portrait of a President

"The title and synopsis imply that "Portrait of a President" will be some kind of assessment of the Clinton presidency: four diverse artists meet at the White House to make the official portrait of the 42nd president. The challenges are many. How does one assess a President so recently in office? How does one express on stage a president who was so overexposed in the media, both high and low? And most importantly, how does one do this with theatricality and keep it meaningful for an
audience in 2002 New York City? Playwright Herman Daniel Farrell III not only meets every challenge placed before him, but he also manages to go far beyond Clinton and actually say something meaningful about the world today." -- Frank Vigorito, OffOffOff.com. Portrait of a President premiered at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival and garnered a FringeNYC Excellene in Playwriting Award. The play, directed by Nancy Jones and produced by Adam Miller, featured Arthur French, John Daggett, Leslie Lyles, Ron RIley, Alice Haining, Leslie Lyles, Anita Hollander, Angel Laketa Moore and Pun Bandhu.

Two Act Play, 4M, 4F

Ringolevio

Ringolevio is a full-length feature film that tells the story of Warren Bailey, a man in his early 50s who is trying to turn his 13 year old son, Martin, around. As the story begins, Martin obtains a handgun in order to defend himself from a school bully. Warren intervenes between the bully and his son, hoping to teach them a lesson about nonviolence. Even though he diffuses the situation, Warren, however, fails to convince his son of an alternative to violence.  After a fitful night of dreaming of playing the street game Ringolevio, Warren awakens and decides to take his son on a road trip from their home in San Francisco to Warren's childhood neighborhood in the Bronx. Along the way, Warren re-lives the story of his coming of age, from the 1960s into the early 1970s, as the son of a civil rights worker and Vietnam war soldier, all the while trying to break through to his son, hoping to instill in him the values of peace, love and understanding. What sounds like Pollyanna, is a  story that is tempered with a post-9/11 sensibility.


Screenplay


universitas

A potboiler about university politics that explores the generational tensions between boomers and millenials, the infusion of bottom line economics into the academy's decision-making process and more broadly, the impact of digital technology on our day to day interactions with each other. All of this is told through the personal story of John Alexander, a 55 year old, African American, seasoned theatre history professor who has just returned from a sabbatical after the death of his long-time partner as he tries to make sense of these seismic shifts in 21st century academia -- and life. The play was recently presented in a reading at New Dramatists, directed by Amy Saltz and featuring James McDaniel and Kevin Geer.

Two Act Play, 4M, 1F