Ira’s theatrical work has been performed at The Kennedy Center, Samuel French OOB, Ensemble Studio Theater, Short & Sweet Sydney, Collaboraction (at the Steppenwolf Garage), F*It Club, Source Festival, Single Carrot, The Australian Broadcast Corporation, and The Chicago New Media Summit (among many other places around the globe). In 2006, City Paper voted Ira “Best Playwright Of Baltimore”. In 2009, Dated: A Cautionary Tale For Facebook Users was a New York Innovative Theater Award nominee for best short play. Ira has received playwriting grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and Chicago Union League. BILLY BITCHASS will be published in THE BEST 10 MINUTE PLAYS OF 2016 by Smith & Kraus.
Ira holds an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University and a BA in theater from Towson University.
Below please find links to download PDFs of Ira's plays:
(2M 2F) Larry “Boo” Carey hates his body, but if he wants to keep his job behind the bar, he’ll have to bare all for Momma.
(1M 2F) A boy with no name runs away with a puppy who can’t understand sadness.
(2M 1F) Robby's ready to kill himself. Can the special mystery guest change Robby's mind? ... Why does he only have one arm?
(2M 1F) Holy Crap. Patrick just pulled Chrissy Summerfit for the Peckinpaw High School Secret Santa Holiday Gift Exchange! Like Chrissy Summerfit: the girl he's totally had a crush on for years. Like Chrissy Summerfit: the girl who is completely out of his league. Like Chrissy Summerfit: The girl he intends to take to the holiday dance! Will he woo her with the perfect gift or wind up dancing alone?
(2M 1F) When the "lighting elves" at The Peckinpaw Children's Players accidentally cut the lights in the middle of her show, Ms. Fairy must give the audience hope that the queen fairy is still alive... even though there is an abundance of evidence to the contrary.
(2M) It's the day after the JFK/ Nixon debate and Tad's got a broken radio.
Listen to an audio version of Larry At The Gaza Strip Club, recorded and performed by Ira and featuring Marissa Wolf: