David Zellnik is the author of numerous plays and musicals seen in New York and beyond… MUSICALS: His musicals include book and lyrics for the Off-Broadway musical Yank! (composer: Joe Zellnik) which received 7 Drama Desk nominations (including for his book and lyrics) as well as nominations from the Outer Critics’ Circle, and Lucille Lortel Foundation. Yank! also had an award winning run at the Gallery Players in Brooklyn 2007 (IT Award for Best Musical, GLAAD nomination for Best Off-Off Broadway Musical). In 2013 it was published by Cambria Press in Gay Theatre Now. His previous musical, City of Dreams has been performed in Cardiff, Wales at the first Int’l Music Theatre Festival, as well as in New York at the Midtown International Theatre Festival and won the Nat’l Music Theatre Network competition culminating in a reading at the Lamb’s Theatre; 2 songs from it appear on Alison Fraser’s album Men In My Life. David and Joe adapted (fellow uniteer) Arthur Giron’s play Flight for TheaterworksUSA, creating the musical First in Flight which toured the country in 2004/5. Recently, David worked with Disney Theatricals to create Peter Pan Jr (music, Eric Svejcar) which will be licensed and have several concurrent productions beginning in 2013…..PLAYS: His plays include: Serendib (The Hippodrome 2011; EST 2008, created with a grant from the Sloan Foundation who sent him for 2 months to Sri Lanka to observe the scientists studying macaques in Polonnaruwa); Ariel Sharon Stands at the Temple Mount and Dreams of Theodor Herzl (Theatre J; Epic Theatre Ensemble); Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom (OOBR Award winner for Best Play, seen in London and NYC); as well as the one-acts For
Elise, Ideogram and Killing Hand were all in various Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathons. Recently 3 of his one act plays were performed in Italian in Milan (2012) and Blue Coyote Theatre Company has commissioned a new full length titled The Udmurts. He has been given grants from the Sloan Foundation, NYSCA, and Jerome Foundation.
David Zellnik discusses his Marathon play For Elise.