His writing praised by The New York Times as "LaBute territory with fresh angles and sustained tension", Michael Louis Serafin-Wells is a winner of The London New Play Festival, New Voices West honoree, ACT (Seattle)/Icicle Creek Theatre Festival resident playwright, contributor to Best American Short Plays (Smith & Kraus), winner Best Screenplay/Best Film honors at San Francisco's SC Independent Film Festival, two-time finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award, inaugural recipient of a First Light commission from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and finalist for the Verity Bargate Award at London's Soho Theatre & Writers Centre. His plays have seen production, publication, workshops and readings in New York, London, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and elsewhere. Serafin-Wells made his professional debut in New York with "Real Real Gone" which The Star Ledger observed "heralds a new writer with an acute sense of language and a special ability to dramatize human behavior" and Variety pronounced as "the best of the bunch far and away – with language that laces the natural poetics of the street with erudition". His play, "District of Columbia", set in a cooperative house on the eve of the 1988 US Presidential election, first appeared (in an early version) off-Broadway before making its European premiere in a collaboration with The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and London's Finborough Theatre under the direction of Wilson Milam. Another full-length, "Seven Pages Unsigned" - developed with San Francisco's Magic Theatre under Artistic Director Chris Smith - was selected as a New Voices West honoree for new works from emerging American playwrights. The play's European premiere reunited Serafin-Wells and director Wilson Milam at London's Finborough Theatre as part of the company's "Vibrant" festival, curated by Finborough Artistic Director Neil McPherson in celebration of the theatre's 30th anniversary. Other works include "The "I" Word: Interns" about idealistic Clinton staffers, cited by Show Business as "ripe with political savvy" and The Village Voice for "handling the Beltway lingo with brains and Shavian brio!"; "Detail", winner of The London New Play Festival and produced in a new version in New York described by Bloomberg News as "sharp and thought-provoking" and "Two From The Line", hailed by The New York Times as "La Bute territory with fresh angles and sustained tension" and selected by Smith & Kraus for their "Best Short Plays" anthology. Serafin-Wells is a member of New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre,The Dramatists Guild of America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His work, as ever, is dedicated to the life and memory of his love and partner, Summer Lindsay Serafin (November 13, 1979 - March 18, 2011). "Love you forever. Goodnight, little sweetheart..."
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