Wayne Peter Liebman
Wayne Peter Liebman (Playwright, Better Angels) wrote the play in 2008, and that same year, it won the Trustus Playwright Prize and premiered at the Trustus Playwright Festival in Columbia, SC. In September, 2008, the Broad Stage's inaugural performance series, American Voices, featured a staged reading of Better Angels. Wayne's full-length play Transference was presented at the 2004 National Playwrights Conference, O'Neill Theater Center, and won the 2003 Maxim Muzamdar Competition.
Other awards include a New Play Commission Grant by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and second place in the Sprenger Lang Foundation's U.S. History Play competition.
Four of Wayne's oneacts for children, commissioned by the Virginia Avenue Project, were produced at UCLA and 24th Street Theatre. His one-act The Sun Maiden was presented by the 2004 Los Angeles Edge of the World Festival at the Autry National Museum.
He is proud to have worked on his plays with many L.A. actors including James Cromwell, Dustin Hoffman, and Amy Ryan.
Wayne is the author of Tending the Fire (Ally Press), and he co-edited (with Jo Scott) an anthology of poems, Raising the Roof (Bombshelter Press), for Habitat for Humanity. His poetry and prose, widely published, have been anthologized in In the Company of Others (Tarcher), Beyond the Valley of the Contemporary Poets (Sacred Beverage), Second Opinion (U. of Iowa Press), and 14 L.A. Poets (Bombshelter).
Wayne is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Dog Ear Playwrights Collective (www.dogear.org).