Playwright Bios

stanSTAN ZIMMERMAN (co-playwright): 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.


chrisCHRISTIAN MCLAUGHLIN (co-playwright) Writer: Along with Valerie Ahern, Christian worked on the infamous “Married with Children”. They’ve also written for “Desperate Housewives”, “Hannah Montana”, “Hot Properties”, “Clueless” and “Rita Rocks”. The team had stints on the daytime soaps – “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”. They created and executive produced MTV’s Emmy nominated steamy soap opera “Spyder Games”. Christian produced and directed a live stage production of The Phacts of Life in Los Angeles. He gained notoriety in his early twenties with the publication of his novels, Glamourpuss and Sex Toys of the Gods. Christian and Valerie are currently working on the Disney Channel hit series, “Jessie”.  With Stan, he wrote It’s On! and the 2012 and 2013 Divas Simply Singing! benefits.



tonySTEVE ABRAMS (Producer) 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 and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, he currently serves as Interim Managing Director at Chicago Children’s Theatre and was recently named as the first Guest Artistic Director at Navy Pier, leading its newly formed arts & discovery programming. He is the principal at The Abrams Group, LLC, an innovative arts management and production company and partner at TADA Theatricals, LLC, a commercial theatrical producing entity currently in pre-production for Knife to the Heart, a new comedy by veteran television writers Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin scheduled for a March 2017 pre-New York run in Chicago.  Steve is 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.


steveTONY D’ANGELO (Producer) 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.