Michael Downend

Michael Downend

Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter and Voice Artist

Alexandria, Virginia

Member Since:
June 2012
Last online:
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About Michael

Scriptwriter for stage and television (Member: The Playwrights’ Center, Writers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, PEN) Former US Marine and graduate British Royal Marine Commando School. Lives in Alexandira, VA and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Writer/narrator of award-winning PBS documentary, A JOURNEY TO THE ENDLESS MOUNTAINS, Frank Lloyd Wright FALLING WATER and other programs. MIN, his play for radio, recently broadcast on NPR, is the first in a series about women—ordinary and heroic—commissioned by public radio. The story of Min Lurye Matheson who helped found the ILGWU. MIN is being developed as a full-length script. AN AMERICAN WIFE, his stage play written in collaboration with his late wife, novelist, playwright and poet, Karen Blomain, premiered with an Equity production to sold-out performances at The Electric Theatre Company. Nora Hussey who heads Wellesley’s theatre department produced and directed AN AMERICAN WIFE in Boston in 2012. Recipient of Rockefeller Grant for his play, THE MOLA MOLA FISH and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowships. His new play, AREN’T YOU BONNIE BEDELIA? will open at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in early 2014. Among his other plays are THE LIGHT FROM DISTANT OBJECTS, SWIMS AND LOVES TO DANCE, THE WATERSHOPS POND, GOING OUT NOISY, THE PLOVERS, THE COVERT MOTEL, MERCY STREET, OCCOQUAN, THE HAZARD, SYLVAN BEACH, HIGH THIN CIRRUS (Sold out in New York), THE VALLARTA TANGO, RATTLESNAKE ROUNDUP, CITY AND STATE, and THE PIG KILLERS.



    AREN'T YOU BONNIE BEDELIA? Comedy PEOPLE readers think they spot a star in a once famous NY celebrity hangout.


    HIGH THIN CIRRUS Drama Old lovers meet in the imagination of one of them as she wanders one day down to the sea and he comes to take her away.


    THE TWO WIVES OF BEN DARLING Drama When Hattie Darling’s husband Ben dies on his first night home from an extended business trip, she is devastated until she finds among his belongings evidence that there had been another woman in his life.


    AN AMERICAN WIFE Drama An American soldier brings his new wife, a Polish Jew, home to his resentful and biased Irish Catholic family near the end of World War II.


    DO THIS FOR ME Romance A dying woman not wanting her husband to be lonely after her death makes him promise to find someone to love as much as he loved her. She tells him that she will know if the woman he chooses is the right one and if she isn’t, promises to let him know and will guide him until he makes a choice that she feels is right for him – and her.

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