PLAYWRIGHT SAMUEL BERNSTEIN's LATEST PROJECTS INCLUDE writing and directing a pilot for a scripted series this winter, ongoing development of his musical Mr. Confidential that premiered in a full developmental production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival at the Alice Griffin Theatre at the Signature Center in 2014, and readings for his new play, The Golden Brooch. Sam's writing life has become, by both necessity and design, a writing, producing, and directing career, including the formation of Babyhead Productions with husband Ronald Shore. His first play The Liquidation of Granny Peterman was produced in Hollywood in 1992, and his first musical Bobby was produced in Beverly Hills. In 1995, while writing and rewriting the script that would become his first film, Silent Lies, he worked on his first book, a photo-anthology called Uncommon Heroes that won a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association, tying with writer Dorothy Allison. Silent Lies, a dark, violent film about incest, caused a stir in 1996-97, and was banned in England until cuts were made. His 2002 Paramount/Showtime film Bobbie's Girl starred Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, and Jonathan Silverman. Bernadette received an Emmy nomination while the film received a G.L.A.A.D. nomination and a citation from The Advocate as one of the top ten television events of the year. His book Mr. Confidential (the source material for the musical) was named a 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist and won an Hermes Creative Platinum Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction. Sam has also worked on such televisions shows as Judging Amy, Witch, Sally B., Kill Your Inner Child, and Icing on the Cake; and has written lyrics for songs in Witch, Bobbie's Girl, The Peddler, Magic Boys, and The Middle Place, along with Mr. Confidential. His most recent book is the non-fiction novel Lulu, which he is adapting into a screenplay. He lives in West Hollywood with Babyhead Productions partner and husband of 20 years, Ronald Shore, and their three incorrigible dachshunds. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. samuelbernstein.com

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