JAMES SHERMAN is the author of the plays MAGIC TIME,
THE GOD OF ISAAC, MR. 80%, THE ESCAPE ARTIST, BEAU JEST, THIS
OLD MAN CAME ROLLING HOME, JEST A SECOND!, ROMANCE IN D, DOOR
TO DOOR, and THE OLD MAN'S FRIEND. His newest play, AFFLUENZA!
will open at the Victory Gardens Theater in the fall of 2003.
He began his professional career
as a writer and performer with The Second City in Chicago and
received an M.F.A. degree from Brandeis University. Since 1986,
he has been a Playwright-in-Residence at the Tony Award winning
Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and he is currently a member
of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble. BEAU JEST was the
most successful play in the theater's 27-year history. It played
for one year in Chicago and then played for two and a half years
Off-Broadway in New York. BEAU JEST, MAGIC TIME, THE GOD OF ISAAC,
MR. 80%, JEST A SECOND!, and ROMANCE IN D have been published
and are regularly produced by theatres throughout the United
States and have also been seen in Canada, Mexico, South America,
England, Germany, Austria, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, and
James has been a teacher of
playwrighting and acting on the faculties of The Second City
Training Center, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, and Victory Gardens
Theater. He was a visiting professor for the spring '01 semester
in Seoul, South Korea at the Korean National University of the
A Playwrighting Grant from
the Illinois Arts Council for 2002 was awarded to James, and
THE OLD MAN'S FRIEND has won this year's Streisand Festival of
New Jewish Plays in La Jolla, California. He has been the recipient
of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation,
The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. He is a
member of The Dramatists Guild, The Writer's Guild, The Screen
Actors Guild, and Actors Equity Association.
James lives in Chicago with
his wife, actress Linnea Todd, and their sons, Isaac and Avery.
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Illustration by Sasha Rubel