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Plays by Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber
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BPPI does not handle performance rights for TAPE, THE TRANSPARENCY OF VAL, or GEOMETRY OF FIRE. For performance rights, contact Dramatists Play Service.


This collection contains three full-length plays: TAPE, THE TRANSPARENCY OF VAL, and GEOMETRY OF FIRE.

Plays in This Collection

Geometry of Fire
The Transparency of Val
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Press Quotes

“When it comes to reminding us just why we leave our homes on a cold winter’s night and seek the special joys of a live theatrical performance, playwright Stephen Belber has the big boys beat.” —Wall Street Journal

“Mamet is angry and has a point of view — two points of view, really — while Belber’s subject is points of view.” —Roger Ebert

“Belber favors fast-talkers who use chitchat, digression and eloquent bluster to maneuver their way out of tricky situations. … Like any good playwright, he is less interested in determining what’s real than in exploring what makes solid fiction.” —Time Out

About the Author


  • Stephen Belber

    Stephen Belber's plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. They include MATCH (Broadway, Tony nom./Frank Langella), MCREELE (Roundabout), DUSK RINGS A BELL (Atlantic Theater), DON'T GO GENTLE (MCC), GEOMETRY OF FIRE (Rattlestick), THE POWER OF DUFF (Huntington/Geffen), TAPE (Naked Angels), THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES (Labyrinth Theater), A SMALL MELODRAMATIC STORY (Labyrinth Theater), FAULT LINES (Naked Angels), ONE MILLION BUTTERFLIES (Primary Stages), and others. He was an Associate Writer on THE LARAMIE PROJECT and Co-writer on THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER. Upcoming: WE ARE AMONG US, (City Theater, Pittsburgh, world premiere). Belber has also written and directed two feature films, Management (Jennifer Aniston/Woody Harrelson) and Match (Patrick Stewart/Carla Gugino), and written the movies Tape (Ethan Hawke/Uma Thurman, directed by Richard Linklater), The Laramie Project (associate writer, HBO, Emmy nom. for writing), Drifting Elegant, and O.G. (Jeffrey Wright, HBO). Television credits include Law & Order SVU, Rescue Me, and pilots for HBO, F/X, USA, TNT, ABC, Fox, and History.

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Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/10/2020
Pages 250
ISBN 9780881458695