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Eight Days (Backwards)

Jeremy Dobrish
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EIGHT DAYS (BACKWARDS) travels in reverse order through the previous eight days in the lives of 13 urbanites as they navigate missed opportunities and surprise connections in pursuit of romance and revelation.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (3 female, 2 male, Multiethnic Cast)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“EIGHT DAYS (BACKWARDS) is a breezy, psychologically precise and pleasantly dizzying ninety-minute set of interlocking New York sketches about power, relationships and the unknowable agonies of fate. Jeremy Dobrish, who usually writes for his own adobe theater company, has created a series of light but sharply observed snapshots that, as the title says, work backward over eight days in the lives of eighteen casually and/or intimately related character … this is a summer show-jaunty and clever enough to hit a few truths with impressive economy and a sense of possibility. The characters have a range of class and age and, ultimately, we care enough about them to wish we could wan their future selves about what we know is ahead.” —Linda Winer, Newsday

About the Author


  • Jeremy Dobrish

    Jeremy Dobrish is a stage director, playwright, artistic leader, and teacher whose main focus has been developing and directing new plays and musicals. As a New York City based director, Jeremy has directed at Second Stage, MCC, Amas, WPA, Joe's Pub, The Westside Arts, The Promenade, The Variety Arts, The Century, Actor's Playhouse, Soho Playhouse, Zipper, etc. His productions have received several Lortel and Drama Desk nominations, and the New York Times has described his directing as "Adroit, Canny, Comic, Funny, Gleeful, Ingenious, and at Double Espresso Speed." Jeremy has directed at all of the major New York festivals, including NYMF, SPF and the Fringe, where his productions have received multiple festival awards including, most recently, the NYMF award for exceptional direction. Regionally, Jeremy has directed at The Old Globe, Barrington Stage, North Shore, The O'Neill, New York Stage and Film, Goodspeed, and The Village Theatre. His adaptation of CURIOUS GEORGE and his productions of THE TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, VIRTUALLY ME, and PAUL REVERE tour the country with Theatreworks USA. Jeremy is a seven-time published playwright whose plays have been described by the New York Times as "Delightfully Theatrical, A Gleeful Romp, and Stylishly Daffy." His plays have been produced across the country, and in New York most notably at the Atlantic and Vineyard theatres. Jeremy began his career as the founder and Artistic Director of the aesthetically innovative adobe theatre company which he ran for thirteen years, and where he directed and/or produced over twenty productions. Adobe moved several shows Off-Broadway and was called "One of the canniest theatre companies anywhere in town" by the New York Times who went on to conclude that adobe's work "often seems as crisp as a freshly ironed shirt" due to "acting based on a mathematical precision of detail and a restrained stagecraft." Since adobe, Jeremy has served as an Artistic Associate at Second Stage, and recently he co-founded Midtown Direct Rep, a theatre company in Maplewood, NJ, where he lives, dedicated to bringing the Broadway talents of his community to his community. As a teacher, Jeremy currently serves on the faculty of NYU. He has taught playwriting, directing and acting at Juilliard, The National Theatre Institute, the New York Film Academy, Fordham, Washington Irving High School, and in Prague through Western Michigan University. Jeremy is a member of the Dramatists Guild and SDC. He is represented by Paradigm.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/30/2004
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881452297

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by the Vineyard Theater, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Eight Days (Backwards) is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC