Bradley Rand Smith
Playwright; screenwriter; novelist; theatre director and producer; meditation teacher and self-healing practitioner; matrix unplugger
Bradley Rand Smith's theatre adaptation of Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun" opened at the Southwark Playhouse in London in June of 2014 to high critical praise: "unforgettable," "stunning," "tour de force," and was nominated for four London Offie Awards including Best Actor and Best Direction.
In 2014 B. R. co-wrote the screenplay, "Blink," with Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary director, Guido Verweyen.
B. R.'s screenplay, "The Craftsman" (aka "In A Workmanlike Manner") was optioned by Silver Nitrate Productions in 2014.
His television mini-series script, "Last Verdict," was optioned by Pamela Rosenberg and Red Cedar Productions in 2010, and developed earlier with Rob Bowman, producer and director of the "X-Files."
B. R. is the adapter of the film version of his award-winning play, "Dalton Trumbo's 'Johnny Got His Gun,'" starring Benjamin Mckenzie, which opened in September 2008:
-- The Hollywood Reporter: "Ben McKenzie gives a tour-de-force performance in this one-man show, a challenging adaptation of an anti-war classic."
He co-produced and co-wrote the musical, "Exmass," with multiple Emmy-winner and solo Broadway stand-up comic legend, Lewis Black, music and lyrics by Mark Houghtaling, that premiered at the West Bank Theater in New York in 1998.
He is the author of several screenplays and teleplays including "In A Workmanlike Manner," for CBS; "Stealing Thunder," for Ed Pressman Films; "The Descent" for Don Baer Productions; and "The Rubicon" for Wilshire Court.
B. R. is author of the adaptation of Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun," which opened at Circle Rep. and received an Obie Award for actor Jeff Daniels as well as several N.Y. Drama Desk nominations. It continues to receive critical acclaim in international productions.
In Los Angeles, under B. R.'s direction, the production received awards for Best Adaptation, Actor, Light, and Sound from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Backstage West, and LA Weekly. "
"Johnny..." opened at the New York Fringe Festival in 2010, one reviewer writing: "One of the most moving, life-affirming, and masterfully executed shows I've ever seen."
His play, "Theatricals," a true story about Charles Dickens, the theatre, and cannibalism was optioned for Broadway in 1997.
His play, "Mojave," which he co-produced, opened at the West Bank Theater in New York and had its L.A. premiere at the Odyssey Theatre, before moving the the Mark Taper Too theatre. It has been adapted into a mock-documentary screenplay with music.
A third play, "Nocturne," opened in Chicago and was selected for inclusion in the Skirball/Kennis Theatre Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.
He has also written and produced the theater pieces, "Jazz Lives" and "Blue Notes" for renowned bassist John B. Williams and his equally renowned wife, singer Jessica Williams.
Lyrics B. R. wrote for Mr. Williams can be heard on the jazz CD "The Maupin/Williams Project."
B. R. has written a metaphysical adventure novella, "Shambhala: The Lost Expedition Journals Of Rick Kessler And Nine Lessons In Awakening" available on Amazon Kindle, and is currently at work on a novel.
Awards and nominations for Bradley Rand Smith's play, "Dalton Trumbo's 'Johnny Got His Gun'":
Nominated London Offie Awards, Best Actor, (Jack Holden), Light, Sound, Direction. 2014.
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Adaptation. 2004.
Dramalogue Award, Best Actor, (Grant Tyler). 2004.
LA Weekly Award, Best Light, Sound, Actor, (Grant Tyler). 2004.
Three New York Drama Desk nominations. 1984.
Obie Award, Best Actor, (Jeff Daniels) 1984.