My Lord, What a Night headed to historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC

February 24, 2020. Historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC announced today that MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT by Deborah Brevoort will be produced in their 2020/2021 season, from January 22-February 21, 2021. The story of the play centers on the friendship between acclaimed contralto Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein. After performing in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1937 Anderson was denied lodging at the Nassau Inn because of her skin color. Albert Einstein invited her to stay at his home, and the two formed a profound friendship, based on their love for music and their commitment to human rights. Based on… (read more)

My Lord, What a Night receives a Rolling World Premiere from NNPN

The National New Play Network, the country’s alliance of nonprofit theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces its 90th Rolling World Premiere (RWP): My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort. The Roll will begin in Shepherdstown, WV at the Contemporary American Theater Festival (July 5-28, 2019). The show will then head to Florida where it will be produced by Orlando Shakes (March 18 – April 26, 2020) and then by Florida Studio Theatre later in the spring. An NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) models a process for developing and… (read more)

MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT to premiere at CATF in July

SHEPHERDSTOWN, VW. The Contemporary American Theatre Festival (CATF) announces that MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT by Deborah Brevoort will premiere in their 2019 season, directed by CATF Artistic Director Ed Herendeen. The Contemporary American Theater Festival produces the newest plays in America, in the oldest town in West Virginia. Named as one of the top theater festivals in the world, by publications such as The New York Times, American Theatre, and World Guide, the Contemporary American Theater Festival shapes the future of American theater. Each summer, the Festival produces six new plays in rotating repertory. In addition to MY LORD,… (read more)

“My Lord, What a Night” kicks off Bay Street Theatre’s New Play Festival

SAG HARBOR NY. Bay Street Theatre has announced the featured plays for “Title Wave,” their 2019 new play festival which will be held in Sag Harbor from May 3-5, 2019. Title Wave @ Bay Street celebrates new works in development through readings and panel discussions. This three day festival includes readings of new plays and musicals by some of the most exciting emerging playwrights and composers. The focus of the festival is to give the playwrights a chance to hear their works in development in front of an audience and to give the audience at Bay Street the chance to… (read more)

ALBERT NOBBS chosen for Frontiers Festival at Fort Worth Opera

FT. WORTH, TX. March 7, 2019. Five innovative composer/librettist teams are the winners of this year’s Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera. Selections from their operas will be presented at the Ft. Worth Botanic Garden Auditorium on May 8 and 9, 2019. Frontiers has established itself as one of the premiere showcases in North America for vibrant new work from some of the most unique and thrilling new voices in 21st century opera. THE OPERAS ALBERT NOBBS. An adaptation of the classic novella by George Moore, composer Patrick Soluri (Embedded, 2016 Festival) and librettist Deborah Brevoort’s Albert Nobbs is a… (read more)

MetLiveArts announces premiere of “Murasaki’s Moon” in 2018-19 season

NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 20, 2018. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MetLiveArts program, announced their 2018/19 season today. Included in the season will be the premiere of MURASAKI’S MOON, a new opera by Michi Wiancko (music) and Deborah Brevoort (libretto) in conjunction with the opening of their new exhibit “The Tale of Genji: a Japanese Classic Illuminated.” A co-production between MetLiveArts, On Site Opera, and American Lyric Theater, this site-specific opera delves into the life and work of one of the most extraordinary women in Japanese history, Lady Murasaki, author of what is considered the world’s first novel. Shocking modern… (read more)

“My Lord, What a Night” chosen for PLAYFEST at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Orlando, FL. Sept. 4, 2018. Orlando Shakespeare Theatre has announced the new plays that will be featured in this years PLAYFEST from Nov 2-4 and 10-11. This season’s PlayFest lineup will feature groundbreaking new works from Hilary Bettis, Mark Brown, Robert Moulthrop, Meridith Friedman, Steven Dietz, Deborah Brevoort, and Emily Dendinger that reflect the vibrancy of human emotion and explore the diversity of their experience. PlayFest is a nationally recognized program, representing one of the strongest commitments to new plays in the United States. Since its inception in 2003, PlayFest has helped nurture and develop over 100 new plays–many of… (read more)

Deborah leads musical theatre workshop in Kenya

Deborah was invited to serve as a mentor to the Rainmaker  NBO musical theatre initiative in Kenya, a new program that is being led by Kenyan pop composer Eric Wainaina and Roberta Levitow of the Sundance Institute. The first workshop was held in June at The Elephant in Nairobi, Kenya.  She was joined by American composer Fred Carl. Deborah and Fred worked with Kenyan composers and authors/librettists to create the first-ever batch of new Kenyan musicals that will premiere in a festival in 2020.

Deborah receives opera commission

Deborah has been commissioned to write the libretto for an opera that will be produced by On Site Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Lyric Theater about Lady Murasaki, who wrote The Tale of Genji, the world’s first-ever novel. It will be performed in the Astor Pavilion at the Met in May 2019 to coincide with the opening of their new Genji exhibit. The composer is Michi Wiancko who was awarded one of Opera America’s grants for Female composers for this project.

Deborah awarded a Playwriting Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts

Trenton, NJ.  The New Jersey State Council on the Arts announced the 2018 Fellowship Award recipients at their meeting in Jersey City on February 15, 2018.  The Individual Artist Fellowships are competitive awards to New Jersey artists in 12 rotating disciplines granted solely on independent peer panel assessment of work samples.  The anonymous process is focused on artistic quality and awards may be used to help artists produced new work and advance their careers.  Deborah was one of six playwrights awarded a fellowship for 2018.

The Women of Lockerbie is published in Italian

August 19, 2017.  The University of Trent in Italy, Department of Letters and Philosophy, has announced the publication of “Il Teatro e la Pietas” (Theatre and Pietas) by Kiara Pipino.  The volume includes new Italian translations of three plays:  Euripide’s The Supplicants; T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral; and Deborah Brevoort’s The Women of Lockerbie, with a forward by Marguerita Rubino.

No Passport Press publishes two of Deborah’s comedies

August 19, 2017.  No Passport Press announces the publication of The Poetry of Pizza and The Velvet Weapon, two comedies by Deborah Brevoort, a celebrated American dramatist with a keen eye for comedy. In the first play of the volume, The Poetry of Pizza, a trans-cultural romantic comedy portrays the affectionate relationships that arise among Middle Eastern pizza chefs, Danish agoraphobics and Anglo-Americans looking for love. The second play is The Velvet Weapon,  a rollicking backstage farce that challenges censorship and celebrates inclusivity. With introductions by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and Benny Sato Ambush. Available through and

Steal a Pencil for Me to premiere at Opera Colorado

DENVER, CO (November 14, 2016)—Opera Colorado has announced their 2017 – 2018 season, which continues to enrich and diversify the scope of its programming with their second world premiere in two years, while also staging enduring works from the classic repertoire. The three-production season will feature the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me, a WWII romance based on a true story, with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort; Giacomo Puccini’s beloved classic La Bohème; and Giuseppe Verdi’s masterful comic opera Falstaff. “We’re thrilled to be continuing our mission to support new American work by staging… (read more)

Deborah is a finalist for the 2018 Domenic J Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize

February 24, 2016. The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam announced today the finalists for the 2018 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize. Four operas were named as finalists: ALBERT NOBBS by Patrick Soluri and Deborah Brevoort; MAYO by Tom Cipullo; THE REEF by Anthony Davis and Joan Ross Sorkin; and, UNCOVERED by Lori Laitman and Leah Lax. The finalists will create a 20-minute excerpt of their proposed opera which will be workshopped at The Crane School of Music on September 24, 2016. One winner will be awarded a $25,000 commission to complete… (read more)

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is chosen for Frontiers Festival at Ft. Worth Opera

December 14, 2015. The Ft. Worth Opera announced today the winners of the annual Frontiers opera competition. STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, Deborah’s opera written with composer Gerald Cohen, was selected by a prestigious panel of opera producers for inclusion in the critically acclaimed festival of new work for the opera stage. Selections from STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME will be performed at Ft. Worth Opera on May 4 & 5, 2016. This is the second time that Deborah’s work has been chosen for Frontiers; the first time was in 2012 for EMBEDDED, her Edgar Allan Poe opera, written with… (read more)

Deborah Wins 2015 Liberty Live Commission at Premiere Stages

Premiere Stages at Kean University announced that Deborah Brevoort is the recipient of the 2015 Liberty Live commission to write a new play titled “My Lord, What a Night.” Based on actual events, “My Lord, What a Night” provides an account of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in Princeton and was later refused a room at the Nassau Inn because she was black. Deborah’s thought-provoking new play begins when civil rights supporter Albert Einstein invites Anderson to stay at his home, an event that threatens to divide the community, but ultimately forges a lifetime bond between… (read more)

CROSSING OVER receives grant

CROSSING OVER, the Amish Hip Hop musical that Deborah is writing with Stephanie Salzman, has been awarded a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. The trust was founded in 2001 to assist musical theatre writers launch new projects. The grant will help pay for the demo recording of the musical.

Deborah’s Poe Opera in Ft. Worth Opera’s 2016 season

EMBEDDED, the Edgar Allan Poe opera written by Deborah Brevoort and composer Patrick Soluri, will be produced by the Ft. Worth Opera in their 2016 season. EMBEDDED is part of the Poe Project, a double-bill comprised of two one-act operas, that was commissioned by American Lyric Theater in honor of the Poe Centennial in 2009.The results are two chilling works for the opera stage. ALT began the project by posing the question, “What might Poe write if he were alive today?” Since Poe is the mastermind of terror, Brevoort and Soluri started with the subject of fear, by asking themselves… (read more)

Deborah Talks Theatre on TCG Circle

Deborah was invited to post a blog as part of the Audience (R)Evolution online salon curated by Caridad Svich for the TCG Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO in 2015.  You can read it here:

The Blue-Sky Boys will be produced in the 2015/16 season at Capital Rep in Albany

ALBANY NY: Capital Repertory Theatre’s 35th season, running from July 2015- May 2016, includes six productions, among them two musicals, a classic, a new drama discovered in Capital Rep’s festival of new plays, and “The Blue-Sky Boys” a new play by playwright Deborah Brevoort. Described as “an exhilarating romp through the minds of the maverick engineers — the brilliant, preposterous, awe-inspiring space-race brain trust — who stopped at nothing to get a man to the moon and back” The Blue-Sky Boys will run from March 11 to April 3, 2016.

No Passport Press publishes The Women of Lockerbie and The Comfort Team

June 3, 2014. No Passport Press announces the publication of The Women of Lockerbie and The Comfort Team, two compelling plays by US playwright Deborah Brevoort. Charged with poetry, compassion and sensitivity these two plays are outstanding contributions to the field of American drama. With introductions by Roberta Levitow and Chris Hannah. Available through the Drama Book Store in New York or online through, and

Production Details Announced for world premiere of EMBEDDED, Deborah’s Poe opera

COLLABORATION FACILITATES THE FIRST WORLD-PREMIERE OPERAS IN FARGO’S HISTORY Fargo, ND / New York, NY: Fargo Moorhead Opera, in partnership with American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today the complete details for the world-premiere production of THE POE PROJECT DOUBLE-BILL, which will take place at the Reineke Festival Concert Hall Theater at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota on March 28th and 30th, 2014.This double-bill will be the first world-premiere operas presented in Fargo’s history. The double-bill is comprised of two one-act operas, BURIED ALIVE and EMBEDDED, which were commissioned by American Lyric Theater in New York City as… (read more)

Deborah invited to teach at the San Miguel Writer’s Conference in Mexico

Deborah will be teaching three playwriting workshops at the San Miguel Writer’s Conference in San Miguel Allende Mexico in February 2014. The conference is an annual event that brings together writers from all over Canada, Mexico and the US.

CROSSING OVER heads back to Nebraska

CROSSING OVER has been invited back to the Lied Center for a workshop in March 2014. Deborah and her collaborator Stephanie Salzman will be in residence working on the script. The workshop will culminate in a public concert reading in the Johnny Carson Theatre on March 13, 2014 directed by Rebecca Boesen.

CROSSING OVER developed at CAP 21

CROSSING OVER was selected for an ASCAP Writer’s Residency at New York City’s CAP 21 in January 2014. Deborah and her collaborator Stephanie Salzman were in residence for a week working on the script.

THE VELVET WEAPON is the winner of the 2013 Trustus Playwright’s Festival

Deborah’s backstage farce about democracy, THE VELVET WEAPON, is the winner of the Trustus Theatre’s 2013 national playwriting competition. Over 400 plays were submitted to the contest; Trustus Theatre will do a staged reading on August 10, 2013 and a full production in August of 2014. THE VELVET WEAPON is inspired by the Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia. Deborah traveled to the Czech and Slovak Republics with a grant from CEC Arts Link to conduct interviews with 43 ringleaders of the Velvet Revolution with her then-collaborator Pavel Dobrusky. The play was written with a playwriting fellowship from the NJ Council on… (read more)

CROSSING OVER is chosen for ASCAP’s inaugural musical theatre festival at the Lied Center

Deborah’s Amish Hip-Hop musical, CROSSING OVER, written with composer Stephanie Salzman (and co-lyricist) was selected for the new musical theatre festival at the Lied Center, sponsored by ASCAP. Over 100 musicals competed for three slots in the festival which will take place at the Lied Center in Lincoln, Nebraska from September 10-12, 2013.

EMBEDDED, Deborah’s Poe opera, chosen for Frontiers Festival at Ft. Worth Opera

October 2,2012. The Fort Worth Opera announced today the winners of the FRONTIERS opera competition. EMBEDDED, Deborah’s opera inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories, and written with composer Patrick Soluri, was selected by a prestigious panel of music critics, opera producers and composers. It will be performed in the inaugural season of Ft. Worth Opera’s Frontiers Festival from May 6-11, 2012

Crossing Over, Deborah’s Amish Hip Hop musical, fully funded at USA Artists/USA Projects

Check out the video on United States Projects about Crossing Over, my Amish Hip Hop musical. Stephanie Salzman and I successfully raised $14,577 to record the score. Look for it soon. Crossing Over was one of USA Projects most popular projects.   Here’s the link:


Deborah will be a participating artist in the 2010-2013 season at America-in-Play, a theatre collective that explores the neglected legacy of American plays and popular entertainment.

Deborah awarded a fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society

Deborah was awarded a 2012 Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research her new play Homespun, about Martha Washington and the role of fashion in shaping the American identity.  Homespun has been commissioned by the Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, VA, as part of their American Soil program.

The Comfort Team, Deborah’s new play about military wives, receives grant from Harpo Foundation

Harpo Foundation is pleased to announce 11 new grants that will support the production of new work by under recognized artists in the United States and internationally.  This latest distribution of funds concludes a two-year thematic focus that has sought to explore the relationship between art and site in a dematerializing world. Harpo Foundation received hundreds of proposals in response to this thematic focus and it has been a privilege to be a part of this evolving and expanding conversation. We would like to thank all of the artists and organizations that responded to our call and Leonardo Drew and… (read more)

Deborah Pens Winning Essay

Deborah is the winner of the 2011 Amy and Eric Burger “Essays on Theatre” competition, for her essay “On Literary Activism.” The contest is held each year by the University of Wyoming and carries with it a $2,500 prize.  To read the press release, log on to:

United States Artists

Deborah has been invited to join United States Artists, an organization created by national foundations and patrons of the arts to invest in America’s artists.  You can check out her profile (and the profiles of other participating artists) on their website at:

NEA Grant Will Fund Virginia Stage Military Play

The Virginia Stage Company has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help commission and produce a new play about the military. Deborah Brevoort’s new play, with a working title of “The Comfort Team,” will “explore the challenges and joys that families face when a loved one is serving their country,” says Managing Director Keith Stava.