Harris born in Brooklyn, NY, has lived in Europe since 1985. He holds both British and U.S.A. nationalities. His feature-length screenplay, Broken Thread, was produced in 2007 by Deepak Nayar (Bend it Like Beckham; Buena Vista Social Club; Bride and Prejudice). His full-length plays have been produced in the UK, including London and the Edinburgh Festival, in the USA, including Off-Broadway, and in Italy in Rome, and at the Spoleto La Mama Fringe Festival. Irina’s Eye, which is Harris’ first novel, was semi-finalist in the 2006 William Faulkner unpublished novel competition. His plays and screenplays have won awards in several important international festivals and writing competitions. Harris is a member of the Dramatists Guild NYC, Society of Authors UK, English PEN.
Unique traits: Patience
Ella's Secret Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama On a quiet Sunday morning, Ella receives an unexpected visit from Helga, a woman she has never met before. Both their lives have been affected by the same Nazi-SS officer. Helga has a mission, and Ella has a secret.
Southern Justice Drama ⋄ Thriller Alabama 1940. The lives of a young African-American lawyer and his secret white lover spin violently out of control when the reading of a will reveals their family histories. Southern Justice was chosen as a Aloha Accolade Award Winner at the 2011 Honolulu Film Festival Awards, achieved Special Selection at the 2010 Canada International Film Festival, and was Semi-Finalist in the 2008 Writemovies.com International Writing Contest.
A Minute of Silence Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Romance Mumbai, India. A love story between Dora, an Anglo-Indian psychologist, and Dev, a deaf shoemaker in a circus who unwittingly becomes her patient, reverses roles and guides her through a catharsis. A MINUTE OF SILENCE was Semi-Finalist selection in the 2010 Slamdance Screenplay Competition.
My Name Isn't Judit Biography ⋄ Drama Based on a true story. A successful single woman discovers she is pregnant and feels compelled to search for the identity of her father, and to confront the mother who abandoned her. My Name Isn't Judit was Finalist in the Writemovies.com International Writing Contest.
L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer
Theater by Teatro Foresnnata Writer/Director Staged Readings of my latest play "L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer" will be presented in Italian at Teatro Argot Studio, (Trastevere) Rome, Italy May 30 & 31 at 20:30. Spero che potresti assistere alla Lettura Mess-in-Scena di "L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer" : Synopsis in English: Denver, Colorado, 1891: Armstrong, a rancher, has hired Sarah to be the teacher of his young children. Through the conflict that developes between them about the genocide of native americans and Sarah's personal story, we are reminded of the recent events in the USA at Standing Rock, North Dakota.
Theater by Boothman Productions (Drama) playwright London Production See 2012 for details
Theater by Nera Onda (Biography) Writer/Director Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Did Tchaikovsky die at that age of 53 from asiatic cholera or did he commit suicide to avoid being prosecuted for sodomy, stripped of his civil rights and assets and sentenced to hard labor in a Siberian prison? The controversy over his death remains unresolved. The critics wrote: “Freedman's pen has met Tchaikovsky and has drawn a sketch of his soul. Not a small undertaking to distill the life of the Russian composer in a 90 minute play, from age 24 training at the conservatory until his death at only 53 years of age, in circumstances still debated.” teatro.persinsala.it “Tchaikovsky turns to the past...to his homosexuality, an offense at that time, to his marriage of convenience, his friendships, his pain.” Alessandra Greco, teatritaliano.it “...an effort, masterfully done, to examine his essence. Profound and delicate.” Alessandra Greco, teatritaliano.it
Theater by MTM (Drama) Writer/Director Synopsis: On a quiet Sunday morning, Ella receives an unexpected visit from Helga, a woman she has never met before. Both their lives have been affected by the same Nazi-SS officer. Helga has a mission, and Ella has a secret. What the Critics wrote: The critics wrote: "A warning against indifference." Andrea Pocosgnick, Teatrocritica "Freedman's production does not seek answers, in fact it cultivates doubts...it is able to penetrate the viewers intimate conscience, that is if the viewer does not wish to be deaf and indiferent." Andrea Pocosgnick, Teatrocritica “...'Ella's Secret' has a profound emotional component...a rivalry that is part of the female universe...intense and satisfying, with the finale of a thriller...” Mauro Corso “...the encounter/clash of two strong women...Their parallel lives, families, children and a man who...keeps them apart and also close together, ...” Elisa Suplina, Lungatevere.it
The Thieves Road
(Drama) playwright The Thieves Road was chosen Stageplay Winner by the 2011 Moondance International Film Festival.
Film by Produced by Deepak Nayar / Directed by Mahesh Mathai Screenwriter
Something in Common
Theater by Mettle Productions, London / HW Freedman (Drama) Playwright, Director Charlie is a mysterious and attractive woman who has a secret plan to ensure the justice she needs to put a terrifying past behind her. What the critics said: “. . . what starts out as a quirky highly charged sexual drama evolved into a disturbing and urgent thriller.” “Charlie uses sexual charms as an angler uses bait to attract the men she needs for her mission and she skilfully teases and plays them in until they are hooked and landed.” Charlie’s “…seduction techniques are reminiscent of Sharon Stone’s famous leg crossing and uncrossing in the film Basic Instinct.” Something in Common “. . . will keep you guessing . . . the final moments of truth in which Charlie pours out her harrowing story are enough to make your blood run cold.”
A Minute of Silence
Theater by Mettle Productions, London / HW Freedman (Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Playwright, Director Synopsis Dora is a psychologist. Barry is a university graduate who has chosen to spend his life in the circus making and repairing the performers' shoes. Barry's parents cannot accept his choice and employ Dora to rescue him. They do not tell her that Barry is deaf. The love story between Barry and Dora, a hearing woman, unfolds through dialogue, physical theatre and sign language. Dora struggles to come to terms with her own problems whilst under the illusion that it is Barry who needs help. An ensemble of eight actors act out the story, have fun and mock the seriousness of the scenes. A Minute of Silence offers the audience a rare glimpse of the world through the eyes of Barry, a deaf man. Barry's witty and playful approach to life challenges many of the hearing world's misconceptions about deafness. What the Critics said about the London Premier: "…enchanting A Minute of Silence…" The Stage "..a play that challenges perceptions of deafness." Hampstead & Highgate "…a surrealist drama which can be enjoyed on several levels. It is a touching love story, a piece of physical theatre, and a play that re-evaluates deafness and proclaims the right to choose one's way of life, however unconventional." Jewish Chronicle "…remarkably eloquent.." Time Out "…a magical, multi-layered piece…" The Stage "…spectacular visual impact…" Camden New Journal "With this funny and challenging piece, Freedman certainly achieves his prime intention – to turn the common perception of disability upon its head." Disability Times "…a night that was not only entertaining but also saw theatrical technique pushed several notches on." The Stage "The current rage over genetic engineering and the probable impact on both the deaf and disability communities made the play even more topical." Disability Arts in London – DAIL "Writer/director Harris Freedman's imaginative production sews speaking and signing players into the same costume by linking everything with a gleefully manic comedia dell'arte touch. . ." Hampstead & Highgate "At each twist and turn we are presented with yet another issue – mercilessly the writer ensures that none of us escapes his questioning." Disability Times "…a poignant comedy…"Jewish Chronicle
Lunch with Sandy
Theater by Machine Room Theater, London / Emma Benson Playwright
Theater by Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle / HW Freedman Playwright, Director
Theater by TAKA Productions, NYC / Gene Feist (Comedy) Playwright SYNOPSIS Alan, an intensely busy New York accountant, realizes that his success is hollow and pointless. He decides to sell his business and get out of the 'rat-race'. When he breaks his 'good news' to the people around him his life goes out of control. His ex-wife claims the sales proceeds; his mother accuses him of ruining his life; his girlfriend refuses to go out with him; his lawyer refuses to talk to him except through his own lawyer; his clients threaten; his banker rebels; his business partner goes berserk. The pressure builds into a frenzy of misunderstandings and confrontations with disastrous results.
Theater by Equinox Productions, NYC / Philip Grout Playwright
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Theater by Peanut Productions / HW Freedman Playwright, Director
There Aren't Any
Theater by There Aren't Any Productions / HW Freedman Playwright, Director
The Thieves Road, Stage Play Award Moondance International Film Festival
The Post Office, Feature Screenplay, Official Selection Mexico International Film Festival
Southern Justice, Feature Screenplay, Aloha Accolade Award Winner Honolulu Film Festival
Southern Justice, Feature Screenplay, Canadian International Film Festival Winner
Southern Justice, Feature Screenplay, Semi-Finalist, RIFF Rhode Island Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
Selling Off, Feature Screenplay, achieved Finalist selection in The Ace Fest Great American Screenplay Competition, and Honourable Mention, Amsterdam Film Festival.
A Minute of Silence, Feature Screenplay, Semi-Finalist, Slamdance Screenplay Competition.