Fund for New American Plays

Empty Hearts

Circle Repertory Company, New York, NY

Empty Hearts follows the murder trial of Michael Shartel, a psychologist at a state hospital in Ohio who may or may not have murdered his wife. The play moves back and forth in time to detail the couple's relationship.

Playwright, screenwriter, and theater director John Bishop is a member of the Circle Repertory Co. of New York, where five of his plays have been produced, including Borderlines, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, The Great Grandson of Jedediah Kohler, and The Harvesting. He has directed the Circle Rep productions of The Beaver Coat, El Salvador, Florida Crackers, and several of his own plays, including Empty Hearts. His one-acts Cabin 12 and Confluence were both included in volumes of Best Short Plays. His ten-minute play Arizona Anniversaries is included in the current anthology of winning plays from the Louisville Ten Minute Play Festival. Bishop is currently working on a film for HBO and a Movie of the Week for CBS, produced by Paramount Television. He just finished a two-year writing contract with Paramount Pictures, where he did production rewrites on Drop Zone, Sliver, Primal Fear, and Beverly Hills Cop 3. He has written the book for the musical Elmer Gantry, scheduled to be directed by James Lapine. The musical received tryout productions at Ford's Theater in Washington and at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. In addition to the Fund for New American Plays, the Helen Hayes Award, and several Los Angeles DramaLogue awards, Bishop is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Director: John Bishop
Featured Performers: John Dossett, Mel Harris, Cotter Smith

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