Knife to the Heart is brought to us by a writing team that knows a little something about washing down controversy with comedy, and continues their long history of successful stage and television credits. Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin have made audiences laugh their way through taboo topics on legendary shows like The Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Married with Children. With a theatrical sensibility that marries the wit of Neil Simon with the ups and downs of the modern family, Knife to the Heart is just as sure to leave a mark on audiences.

creative team

Stan Zimmerman


Director/Writer/EP/Creator: “Skirtchasers” – Webseries ( Consultant: “Katya” aka Russian “Roseanne” (Sony International/CTC). Writer/EP/Creator: “Rita Rocks” (Lifetime). Writer/Producer: “Gilmore Girls” (WB), “Roseanne” (ABC) WGA nomination – “Kiss Episode”. Writer: “The Brady Bunch Movie”, “A Very Brady Sequel”, “Annie” (ABC-MOW), “The Golden Girls” (NBC) WGA Nomination, “Fame” (Syndicated), “Brothers” (Showtime). Director: Warm Cheese – Hollywood Fringe 2016 (Studio C Artists), Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words – Hollywood Fringe 2015, also Writer/Producer (Theatre Asylum), Daughter Of… – Hollywood Fringe 2014 (3 Clubs Lounge), Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Actors Company), BLINK & You Might Miss Me (Hollywood Fringe 2013, SF Fringe, XL Lounge- NYC, Best Director winner –, Spike Heels (Actors Circle), A Tuna Christmas (Theatre Asylum), Gemini (Celebration Theatre), Music video “All I Want” – Whore’s Mascara (LOGO). Writer/Director/Producer: Meet & Greet – Hollywood Fringe 2014 (Theatre Asylum): Best Comedy, Best Director, Best Ensemble – Robbie Award nominations 2014, Meet & Greet (Elephant Space): Best Director nominee –, Best Director, New Comedy, Comedy Ensemble – Scenie Awards 2014, It’s On!: the tv theme song musical (workshop- NYMF/Signature Theatre, Falcon Theatre), Dancer/Broadway: Nureyev & the Joffrey Ballet (Mark Hellinger Theatre). TV Host/Showrunner: “Situation: Comedy” (Bravo/Producer Sean Hayes). Teacher: Chapman University, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Studio Productions, Actors Company, American Comedy Institute (NYC), Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (TX). Education: Cranbrook Theatre School, Hampton Playhouse, BFA-Drama NYU/Circle-in-the-Square.



Christian McLaughlin


is the author of the 90’s novels Glamourpuss and Sex Toys of the Gods (Dutton/Plume) and co-created/exec-produced cult MTV soap “Spyder Games” (Daytime Emmy nominee for Writing). His extensive TV scripting and staff credits include “Married... With Children”, “Rita Rocks”, “Desperate Housewives” “Jessie” and “Drawn Together”, and pilots for NBC, FBC, Nickelodeon and Logo. As a playwright with Stan Zimmerman, he co-authored IT’S ON!, the TV theme-song musical, Yes, Virginia, and the multi-award-winning Hollywood Fringe breakout hit Meet & Greet, which enjoyed a five-month L.A. run. Since 2016, he’s been on the writing team of the #1 daytime drama for the past 30 years, CBS-TV’s “The Young & The Restless”, a key corruptive influence on him since grade-school.




Steve Abrams


has been a driving force in Chicago’s diverse cultural landscape for almost the last three decades. Having had a celebrated career that took him from the exciting nightclub and restaurant scene of the 90s through senior and executive leadership positions at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park and Chicago Children’s Theatre, he served as the first Resident Artistic Director of Navy Pier, pioneering its newly formed arts & discovery programming to solidify its role and prominence as the town square of Chicago’s cultural district. He is the principal at Kicky Productions, an innovative arts management and production company and partner at TADA Theatricals, a commercial theatrical producing entity. Abrams has created, produced and collaborated on a wide array of projects with Anna DeLaurie Anderson, Alan Cumming, Stephen Sondheim, Kathleen Battle, John Waters, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Gary Griffin, Fran Lebowitz and many of Chicago’s top artistic organizations. Most recently, Steve produced Chicago’s biggest hit, Lettin’ the Good Times Roll,starring E. Faye Butler & Tony-nominated Felicia P. Fields and is currently launching an international tour of this show.  Steve is also the recipient of the Actors’ Fund’s 2016 Encore Award for extraordinary dedication and commitment to the performing arts by supporting those who bring spectacular performances to our stages and screens.  Facebook/Instagram: @KickyProductions and at



Tony D'Angelo


was producer and managing director of the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse and Forum Theatre for over 35 years. At these theaters D’Angelo produced over 400 shows, including five world premieres, five mid-west premieres and over 30 Chicago premieres. His productions have received over 18 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Awards. Tony has produced numerous Chicago hits including Lyle, an original musical by Charles Strouse and Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal-George Theatre. At the Mercury Theatre Over the Tavern ran a very successful 13 months followed by King o’ the Moon. He also presented John Powers’s new play Life’s Not Fair, So What! In Chicago, he produced the hit musical revue The Water Coolers. In the fall of 2007, at the Apollo Theater he produced the acclaimed show The Sparrow, followed in the spring by the world premiere musical Knute Rockne All-American at Theatre at the Center, which was voted one of the best shows for 2008. In the of spring 2009 he produced The Quiet Man Tales at the Chicago Theater and Hi-Fidelity the musical at Piper’s Alley. He was a producer of Trying off-Broadway in 2010. Recently he was the General Manager for Working a musical which played at the Broadway Theater in 2011 and recently presented the musical Signs of Life at Victory Gardens Theatre. In 2015 Unspeakable at the Broadway Playhouse.