DON CUMMINGS' critically acclaimed plays have been produced on both coasts: A Good Smoke, The Fat of the Land, American Air, What Do Men Live By?, Stark Raving Mad, The Winner, Feed the Children, and Piss Play is About Minorities So It's Really Important.

A Good Smoke, originally produced by The Production Company in Los Angeles, was a semifinalist for the Eugene O'Neill theater conference. A Good Smoke had a reading at The Public Theater in New York starring Meryl Streep, Henry Wolfe, Grace Gummer and Debra Monk, directed by Pam MacKinnon and has been optioned for Broadway. It has continued to be developed, directed by Austin Pendleton at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.


Solid Joints was presented at The Ruskin Group Theatre’s Café Plays Series.

The Fat of the Land
, originally produced at The New Theater in Los Angeles, was a semifinalist for the Kaufman & Hart Award for new American Comedy and received a Los Angeles Ovation Award for best featured actor. The first act was published in The Coachella Review.

Piss Play is About Minorities So It’s Really Important was presented as part of the New York Cringe Festival where it received the Golden Pineapple for best play and an acting award for the lead actor.

The Winner, a one act play about the destruction of the earth by rapacious big-oil, was produced at West Coast Ensemble, a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville and was published in Post Road Magazine, Issue #25.

Live Work Space, has had readings at The Road Theater Company, West Coast Ensemble and The Production Company.

American Air was the first one-man-show to deal with the life changing events of a near plane crash and was presented at Theater/Theatre, Two Roads Theater Company, Soho Repertory, Ensemble Studio Theater and The HBO Workspace.

Mr. Cummings’ latest play, The Water Tribe, developed at Ensemble Studio Theater, had a reading at VS. Theater Company in Los Angeles.

Box, a short film starring Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Lou Liberatore, Dylan Chalfy and Mink Stole, shot on the Sony F65 camera, was an official selection at the Dam Short Film Festival, New Film Makers New York Festival and Twin Rivers Media Festival.

Mr. Cummings’ screenplay, The Buzz Kill, about an accidental book club murder in Mexico, is ready for shooting. Other scripts for film and television include an alternative lifestyle Zombie movie, Oh, The Horror! and three television pilots, Money, Sons and Mothers and The King is Always Right.

Developed at Brooklyn reading works and the Yale Writers’ Conference, the first chapter of Bent but Not Broken, a love and medical memoir, was published in Epiphany Literary Magazine.

Mr. Cummings has appeared in readings of his original work from Open Trench, his collection of creative nonfiction essays, and other shorts at Comedy Central’s Sit N’ Spin, Brooklyn Reading Works, A Different Light Bookstore, Tell It!, Personal SPACE in Los Angeles, and Art by the Ferry in New York.

As an actor, Mr. Cummings was a recurring guest star on the television series Dharma & Greg as the annoyed waiter and has appeared on many other television shows including: Mad About You, Lucky, Still Standing, and Half and Half. Film appearances include the lead role in the Houston Film Festival winner, The Appointment, directed by Todd Wade, Noho, directed by David Schrader and in over forty plays and musicals on both coasts and in regional theaters including Macbeth in Macbeth, Mr. Bungee in A New Brain, Berenger in Exit the King, Ray in Lone Star, and The Man in Alan Ball’s Power Lunch, and Richard in After the Chairs. Full actor resume:

As a composer and musician, Mr. Cummings received the LA WEEKLY Award for Best Revival Production for his arrangement and musical direction of The Grapes of Wrath. He composed and performed the music for I'm Really Different (Now)! at Largo in Los Angeles, alongside comedians Karen Kilgariff and Sarah Silverman.

Mr. Cummings has been the literary judge for Literary Death Match at Café Oberon, A.R.T., Harvard University. He has taught Contemporary Drama at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Mr. Cummings is a graduate of Tufts University with a BS in Biology, a graduate of the two year program of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, a member of The Dramatists Guild, Ensemble Studio Theatre—LA, The Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit—NY, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. He is on the advisory board of VS. Theatre Company in Los Angeles.