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As Murray Mednick experiments with language… he is emblematic of a Los Angeles dramatic tradition in much the same way that Clifford Odets is identifiable with Gotham or David Mamet with Chicago.


You can recognize a Mednick play almost instantly through not only its daring use of language but also through the visceral acting.

— KCRW 89.9 FM

One of L.A.’s creative fountainheads

— Los Angeles Times

Playwright Murray Mednick is a veteran innovator who remains dedicated to shaking up the theatrical format.

— Los Angeles Times

[A] playwright’s playwright… Mednick has spent his career at the forefront of avant-garde theater.

— LA Weekly

Accorded the prestigious Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theater by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, the ever-unpredictable Murray Mednick is certainly living up to his laurels.

— Variety

Mednick as a director remains his best interpreter. The world onstage never strays from his singular vision

— The Hollywood Reporter

Like me, Murray is a mystic, one Jewish, the other Irish. What a gift he is.

John O’Keefe


Mednick is the recipient of:

  • An OBIE Award (The Deer Kill)
  • Several Bay Area Critics Awards
  • Two LA Weekly Playwriting Awards (for Dictator and Fedunn)
  • The American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Citation (for Joe and Betty)
  • An Ovation Lifetime Achievement Award from Theatre LA for outstanding contributions to Los Angeles Theatre
  • A Local Hero Garland Award from Back Stage West for a Distinguished Body of Work
  • A Career Achievement Award from the LA Weekly
  • The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s most prestigious honor, the Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence in Theater.”
  • American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play citation (for Joe and Betty)
  • Poetry Award from National Council of the Arts


  • Two Rockefeller Foundation grants
  • A Guggenheim Fellowship