DAVID WILLINGER – – Book and Lyrics

Original Writing for the Theatre: Fully Mounted Productions


The Open Gate (a musical based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel; music by Arthur Abrams, performed at Theater for the New City)

Teiresias and the Idiot (a musical based on a mythic structure, performed at Hartley House Theater)

Leopold II (an opera about life of the Belgian king; music by Hellmuth Dusedau)

Performed at Theater for the New City:

The Upper Lip

Secret Agent

The Trail of Tears

Heart is a Lonely Hunter


Bombing the Cradle

Performed at LaMama ETC.:

The Wound

Frida y Diego

Malcolm's Time

Andrea's Got Two Boyfriends (later played at the Julian Theatre, S. F.; the Los Angeles Actors’ Unit; the Yale Cabaret; and theatres across the country every year. It garnered a Drama-Logue Award and is published by Dramatists Play Service)

Performed at Hartley House Theatre:

Secrets of Successful Runners

Blue Woman on Black Bed

Dramatic Adaptations Performed at City College:

The Stranger

The Story of Martin Chuzzlewit

The Dead Girls

Writing for Film:

Lunatics, Lovers, and Actors

Wrote and directed feature-length fiction film (released 2010).

Take the Bridge

Co-wrote the scenario with Sergio Castilla who directed (released 2007).

Translations of Foreign Drama

Translations of 50 plays from French and Dutch, published in seven anthologies:

Four Millenial Plays from Belgium (MESTC)

A Maeterlinck Reader (with Daniel Gerould) (Peter Lang)

Theatrical Gestures of Belgian Modernism (Peter Lang)

Three Plays for the Theatre by Hugo Claus, (Susquehanna)

Ghelderode (Host Publications)

Four Works for the Theatre by Hugo Claus (CASTA)

An Anthology of Recent Belgian Drama (Whitston)

Three Turn-of-the Century Farces (Peter Lang)


The DramaLogue Award, NEH Award, NEA Award, 3 Jerome Foundation Awards, Fulbright Grant, 12 PSC-CUNY Awards, Translation Center Award, Peg Santvoordt Foundation Award, etc.

David Willinger is Professor of Theatre at The City College and The Graduate Center, CUNY.