Director & Writer
The Mushroom Cure
The Critically Acclaimed True Story by Adam Strauss
Developed and Directed by Jonathan Libman
"Arrestingly Honest and Howlingly Funny"
Chicago Tribune ★★★1/2!
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Jonathan developed and directed the critically acclaimed show THE MUSHROOM CURE written and performed by Adam Strauss. After extending at The Cherry Lane Theater and The Marsh in San Francisco the show went on tour in 2017 before it returned by popular demand to New York and where it ran Off Broadway for more than a year.
As a member of the Playwrights/ Directors Unit led by Lyle Kessler, he directed
Chazz Palminteri (A BRONX TALE) in Chazz's new play THE BENCH, and National Endowment for the Arts recipient David Libman’s play THE TOWNHOUSE , Dramatist Guild Fellow Nicole Pandolofo's NOWHERETOWN and Dennis Russo's YELLOW GREY EDGES.
He recently worked with Christina Masciotti
(2016 Guggenheim Fellow) on her play RAW BACON FROM POLAND featuring
(2018 Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award Winner - Best Actor - Stephen Adly Guirgis' JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN and HALFWAY
BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN)
Jonathan is currently directing and writing for
Amy Schumer's ensemble company
JONATHAN'S PLAYS and
what people are saying
Please Leave the Light On
by Jonathan Libman
Bay Area Playwrights Festival Semi-Finalist - Staged Reading Upcoming 2020
"This is a beautiful script. Very very unusual and mournful and heartfelt and authentic.
I was amazed at some of the writing. A really scary and moving and odd play. Congratulations on this very special piece."
"Beautifully theatrical, amazing characters, amazing dialogue, bravo! Love that that story forces audiences to consider every side of a horrible crime, and what it means to be criminal. By molding him into a fully realized person, even someone who has reasonable doubt of innocence, it’s possible to show many sides of an issue. The grey area is much more vast than most people would feel comfortable admitting."
Producing Artistic Director NewYorkRep.org
Accidents Waiting to Happen
by Jonathan Libman
will be featured in an upcoming The Parsnip Ship podcast.
"This play has stayed with me long after my last read. It's very rare to find a play that is as urgent and necessary as this is.
How it explores (with nuance) issues of race, gentrification, the complications of human relations and sexual exploitation, among other things. There are moments that shake me to my core.
Ernesto's struggle to make ends meet to the point where he gradually sinks lower into the hands of a predator or savior?
The complicated relationship between him and Kwanita trying to maintain their dignity in their own neighborhood which is being taken from them. The adults who apply the pressure are sympathetically drawn and surprise.
By the end our preconceptions are replaced with an authentic complex understanding of voices that go mostly unheard in the American theater, or really even outside of the communities they live in.
Given the resources and support
it deserves, I’m certain this very strong play will be a contender."
Neil Tyrone Pritchard
Actor/ Arts Educator
Labyrinth Theater Co.
"I really admire your work. You've come a long way on the play, and I think it's a real testament to your ability to stay with a story and keep going deeper into it. Perfect combination of humor and pathos. I love the way Ernesto's writing bookends the play. That opening speech is particularly wonderful. You get the feeling that the world is just closing in on Ernesto, he's driven to do things no young person should have to do."
Wayne Maugans Actor/Director
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Selected Upcoming Projects for 2019/2020
Jonathan will be Directing:
Kill The Buddha
by Eli Walker
by Nicole Pandolfo
Yellow Grey Edges
by Dennis Russo
Love Among Friends
by Daniel Mitura
My X-15 (Workshop)
by Nick Platt