Herman D. Farrell III

Associate Professor of Theatre
- Playwriting

Herman Daniel Farrell III was co-writer of the award winning (Peabody, AFI, NAACP Image awards) and critically acclaimed HBO Film Boycott about Martin Luther King, Jr. (starring Jeffrey Wright and Terrence Howard). Farrell was nominated for a Humanitas Prize. Play productions: civilian, 2011 New York International Fringe Festival; Rome, 2004 New York International Fringe Festival; Portrait of a President, 2002 New York International Fringe Festival (Excellence in Playwriting Award); Solo Goya, Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab at HERE (NY 1998), Bedfellows, The Flea Theater (NY 1997), The Echo Theater Company (LA 1996) (Drama-Logue Award & Critic’s Choice). His plays have been developed in workshops and readings at Manhattan Theater Club, Crossroads Theater Company, Primary Stages, The Working Theater, New Dramatists and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. Farrell’s work has been recognized and honored by several national arts institutions: New Dramatists (Member Playwright 1995-2002, Joe Calloway Award); NEA Grant (To Mandela at The Working Theater 1998); NEA Grant (There at Primary Stages 1996); MacDowell Colony (Fellow 1996); 1994, 1995 & 1999 National Playwrights Conference (Bedfellows, Brodkin Scholarship Award, There, 1st Eric Kocher Playwriting Award and Memorial Day).

Farrell is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Kentucky where he teaches playwriting, theatre history, seminars on playwrights (Eugene O'Neill, August Wilson, Contemporary Women Playwrights) and his unique course Staging History that examines historical dramas and involves the devising of a documentary drama over the course of one semester. Farrell's play civilian, a documentary drama, derived from work in the class and based on oral history transcripts of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky, premiered last summer at FringeNYC. He received his B.A., cum laude, in Drama from Vassar College in 1983, his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1989 and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University in 1994.

Farrell recently completed General George Washington, a trilogy of plays on the life of George Washington during the American Revolution, Jump a semi-autobiographical play about a biracial American's journey and he just finished a short commissioned work for the American Slavery Project called Assento as part of the Writing Collaborative of Unheard Voices, a theatrical response to the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan. Excerpts from the work will receive a staged reading in May of 2012 at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Cultural Center in NYC. In the fall of 2012, Farrell's essay “The Ancient Mariner and O’Neill’s Intertextual Epiphany” will be published by McFarland Publishing in a book of essays, Intertextuality in American Drama: Critical Essays on Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder and Arthur Miller and Other Playwrights, edited by Brenda Murphy and Drew Eisenhauer. He is currently working on an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's The White Guard and is developing a piece on Natalie Barney's Paris salon.

Farrell is the Kentucky Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America and a member of the Eugene O'Neill Society.

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