MEET THE WIENERS

© 2021

I've written and produced in multiple tv formats and genres, indie film, both musical and non-musical theater, and I am the author of three books. Click here for CREDITS. Click here for PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT.

My life and writing reflect the wild intersections of modern life. I was born to an undocumented Mexican mother who passed as white with a fake name and a Jewish father who allegedly sold arms to the Palestinians in Egypt, where we lived for a year when I was a kid. That was what my grandmother, his mother, always said he was up to. I should note that she was not always a reliable witness. All I remember is lots of mysterious men with dark, flashing eyes, coming and going at night. Those are my clearest early memories, being a gay Jewish 6-year-old surrounded by hot Muslims, without a clear way of expressing myself. I lived in my head a lot, spinning stories, as I grew up all over the world: Cairo, Honolulu, Austin, Phoenix, Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, and Ft. Collins, Colorado.

LATEST NEWSThe 2021 projects I'm working on are taking shape, including a new pilot and a screenplay called SHINE for STANDING BEAR PRODUCTIONS based on the true story of a magnetic London actor’s bid for stardom that takes a disastrous turn to emotional collapse and homelessness with a light at the end of the tunnel beyond anything he ever imagined. My new play IF YOU ARE READING THIS had a 2020 virtual performance for NO PANTS THEATRE COMPANY watch it HERE after a developmental run at PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE.

The WGA named me a television comedy WRITERS ACCESS PROJECT honoree in its 2018 equity and inclusion program headed by the fantastic team of Glen Mazzara, Eric Garcia, and Leo Chu. The pilot script that got me in was "Oedipus Tex" for THE SECRET WORLD OF DANNY LOPEZ, which won at the New York Film Awards and the Los Angeles Film Awards, and was also nominated as best drama pilot script for the C21 International Drama Summit in London. At the Summit I had my share of drama as well, when I broke my foot—but the NHS was fantastic and free! (And big thanks to Phil Mulryne, Script Supervisor at the time on the BBC medical drama HOLBY CITY, who took me to the hospital. It was great to have a medical professional on hand.

My screenplay ELEPHANT & CASTLE won a New York International Screenplay Award, was named Best Original Screenplay at the London Independent Film Awards and received a Special Commendation for Unproduced Screenplays from the British Independent Film Awards. My stage musical MR. CONFIDENTIAL continues its post-New York Music Theatre Festival journey and the team now includes executive producers Ken Atchity and Chi Li Wong—with music by David Snyder and my book and lyrics. I'm developing a project on a twin-track for an American and/or a UK version, called WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? in the States (set in the Bronx) and THE GOSPEL OF JOSH (set in Hackney).

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Husband Ronald Shore and I have been together since 1994 and we co-founded BABYHEAD PRODUCTIONS in 1997. We've married each other three times now. The first was a non-legally binding ceremony performed by our rabbi in 1996 in LA (obviously, when we were but children). We married again in Canada in 2003 when it became legal there. Then for good measure we got legally married again in the United States in 2013 when Prop. 8 was struck down. We are exploring the possibility of marrying six more times on the six other continents.

In 2016 I became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to a fantastic foster kid. You can meet him in a CASA video HERE. I have been a facilitator for LGBTQIA+ youth rap groups at the LA LGBT Center and headed a mentoring program for LAUSD high school writers. Ronald and I are currently being held hostage by three incorrigible DACHSHUNDS. Send help.

AWARDS: THE SECRET WORLD OF DANNY LOPEZ WGA Writers Access Program Honoree for Television Comedy; New York Film Awards Best Screenplay; Los Angeles Film Awards Best Comedy Screenplay; C21 International Drama Summit Nominee Best Drama Pilot Script ELEPHANT & CASTLE London Independent Film Award Best Screenplay, Special Commendation British Independent Film Festival Best Unproduced Screenplay BOBBIE'S GIRL GLAAD Nominee Best TV Film; Emmy Nomination Bernadette Peters; Advocate Top Ten Television Events of the Year LULU eLit Silver Medal; Finalist: Int’l Book Award; Finalist:Next Generation Indie Award SILENT LIES Houston Int’l Film Festival Gold; Charleston International Film Festival Silver MR. CONFIDENTIAL (non-fiction book) Hermes Best Non-Fiction; Foreword Book of the Year Finalist MR. CONFIDENTIAL (stage musical) Anna Sosenko Trust Grant; NYMF Individual Performance UNCOMMON HEROES American Library Association Stonewall Book Award.