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Richard Martin Hirsch RICHARD MARTIN HIRSCH

Richard is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre (LA) Playwrights’ Unit. In March he received the prestigious 2010 Stanley Drama Award for his play, The Restoration of Sight. Richard’s plays have been performed in New York (Abingdon Theatre, Access Theatre, Kraine Theatre and Emerging Artists); Chicago (AbbieFest); Boston (BTW); Spokane (Spokane Civic Theatre); and Omaha (Shelterbelt)…as well as many theatres in Los Angeles including the Blank Theatre, EST (LA), and Rogue Machine. In 2008, Richard’s comedy, The Concept of Remainders had its World Premiere at the Chandler Theatre, earning him an Ovation Award nomination for Playwriting. In 2006, his drama, The Quality of Light, received a critically-acclaimed production at the Long Beach Playhouse, also earning him an Ovation Award nomination. Other productions include The Monkey Jar (Theatre 40) and Atonement (Theatre 40). His play, London’s Scars (read at the 2008 GPTC) is currently having its World Premiere run at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.

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In the summer of 1969 -- on the same day Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon -- three friends from the west side of Los Angeles (Paul, “G”, and “Stein”) began a tour of the USA in a VW van, seeing the country and stopping at various college gyms and playgrounds in search of friendly pick-up games of basketball. Now, twenty six years later, “G” has been stricken with a terminal illness and Paul -- his former best friend -- is thrown into a debilitating quandary about why their friendship seemed to evaporate over the years. In emotional confrontations with his own wife, Annie, as well as his old friend Stein and G's wife, Nissa, Paul begins a desperate new journey of discovery in an attempt to reach a deeper understanding of both himself ...and of the true nature of friendship.