Leon Katz

An opera and a play from the novel by Gertrude Stein

A commedia dell'arte play suggested by an original XVI century scenario

The sequel to The Three Cuckolds suggested by a set of XVII century Dutch cartoons

A children's play adapted from the original story by Carlo Collodi


Leon Katz is the author of several dozen original plays and adaptations produced in the U.S. and abroad. Among them are The Three Cuckolds (about 400 productions in 11 countries, most recently, in L.A., at Theatre 40,) Sonya (most recent production with Julie Harris,) Dracula: Sabbat, Son of Arlecchino, GBS in Love, Beds, Pinocchio, Finnegan's Wake, The Marquis de Sade’s Justine, Amerika, The Odyssey, Swellfoot’s Tears, The Dybbuk, Remembrance of Things Past, and The Making of Americans (an opera based on Gertrude Stein’s monumental novel, with composer Al Carmines.) He has also done translations for various productions and new stage versions of plays by Aeschylus (Agamemnon,) Schiller (The Robbers,) Ibsen (Love’s Comedy,) Claudel (The Satin Slipper,) Strindberg (The Road to Damascus,) Gide-Barrault (The Trial,) and others. A collection of his plays is published under the title, Midnight Plays. Individual play publications, separately and in anthologies, include The Three Cuckolds, Son of Arlecchino, Swellfoot’s Tears, The Making of Americans, and Dracula:Sabbat.

Mr. Katz is Professor Emeritus of Drama, Yale University, and has been Resident Dramaturg at the Mark Taper Forum. Until 1989, before official retirement, he was co-chairman of the Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama. In a long teaching career, he has also taught at Cornell, Stanford, Columbia, Vassar, Carnegie-Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, Manhattanville, Barnard, San Francisco State, USC, UCLA, and the University of Giessen, Germany.

Selected Works

Play Collection
Midnight Plays consists of four plays: Marquis de Sade’s Justine, Swellfoot’s Tears, Dracula: Sabbat, and The Dybbuk.
Children's Plays
A collection of 11 puppet plays based on the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses.