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Something You Did

Willy Holtzman
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This play tells the story of a notorious ’60s radical who has served nearly 30 years in prison for her part in the accidental killing of a police officer during an explosive war protest. Now eligible for parole in a post 9/11 world where bombing is terrorism and dissent, treason, how much can she be faulted for having too much consciousness and bringing the war home?

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (3 female, 2 male, Multiethnic Cast)
Full Length Drama (about 85 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Make a fist if you remember the 1960s. Better yet, unclench your fist and hail a cab over to Primary Stages provocative production of SOMETHING YOU DID, Willy Holtzman’s political drama about ’60s radicalism viewed in the harsh light of the present day … about a woman who comes up for parole thirty years after killing a man in a Vietnam protest bombing.” —Variety

“Fluid and eloquent, SOMETHING YOU DID is a sincere play about the divisions in American culture and politics.” —New York Times

“Willy Holtzman has done the nearly impossible: IN SOMETHING YOU DID, he finds a fresh way to discuss modern terrorism.” —Time Out

“An engrossing, straightforward play …” —Daily News

About the Author


  • Willy Holtzman

    Willy Holtzman's plays include THE FIRST MRS. ROCHESTER (Portland Stage Company), HONOR FLIGHT (PlayPenn), G.O.B. (PlayPenn), THE MORINI STRAD (City Theatre, ATCA Steinberg Best New American Play Award nominee, had its New York debut at Primary Stages in March 2012); SOMETHING YOU DID (Primary Stages, People's Light & Theatre, Theatre J, commissioned by Baltimore Center Stage); SABINA (Primary Stages, New Jewish Theatre, Gradiva Award Nominee); HEARTS (People's Light & Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Asolo Theatre, New Jewish Theatre of St. Louis, received the Barrymore Award, the inaugural Arthur Miller Award and was anthologized in Smith and Kraus BEST NEW PLAYS); BOVVER BOYS (Primary Stages, Cleveland Play House, Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Curtain Theatre); THE CLOSER (GeVa Theatre — Davie Award, the Working Theatre); INSIDE OUT (commissioned and produced by Theatre for a New Audience, Portland Stage Company, Nebraska Repertory Theatre); THE LAST TEMPTATION OF JOE HILL (Working Theatre); BLANCO (Goodspeed Opera House Norma Terris Theatre); WHITE TRASH (West Bank Cabaret); SAN ANTONIO SUNSET (published in Best Short Plays and produced in New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Mumbai). VOICES IN CONFLICT (created with Wilton, Conn., high school students, was presented at the Public Theatre, the Vineyard Theatre and the Culture Project). Holtzman wrote and executive produced the independent film Edge of America (2004 Sundance Film Festival Opening Night selection, Tribeca Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival — Best Picture) for which he received the Peabody Award, the Humanitas Prize, and the Writers Guild Award. He also wrote Blood Brothers (HBO, Cine Golden Eagle) and A Body to Die For (Emmy nomination). Holtzman received the HBO Award at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. He has taught writing to at-risk teens at Bronx Regional High School in South Bronx, and was the Lila Wallace Resident Playwright at Juilliard. He has worked with young writers through the 52d Street Project in New York's Hell's Kitchen and on the Navajo reservation. He serves on the board of New Dramatists (where as a member he received the Calloway Award) and Harlem Stage Company.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/1/2008
Pages 60
ISBN 9780881453980

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 People's Light and Theater Company, Malvern PA and by Primary Stages, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Something You Did is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC