Willy Holtzman

Willy Holtzman is an American playwright and screenwriter, often focusing on theatrical representations of actual historical events. Holtzman has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations, a Humanitas Prize, a Writers Guild Award, a Peabody Award, as well as an HBO Award at the National Playwrights Conference.  Willy Holtzman‘s plays include The Morini Strad (City Theatre, ATCA Steinberg Best Learn More

Before The Stage Went Dark

The art in life, the art in politics, and the politics in art. Reflections in retrograde after a performance of Nixon in China at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, February 2020 Christmas, 1991Paris, France Paris is colder than I imagined. Its bones contain crumhorns and battles, but Paris is a woman, handsome, yet pretty. Despite bold Learn More


touch to be with you there, at that place of long aheadsbut rejected assurances,of declamatory incertitudeincautious and luxuriant, found emptiness brightly blooming. nothing presses  nor expectsnor projectswithin our time, within time,  within  confident un-absolutes,unspoken un-promises,treading lightly forward.that which is tenuous stays fresh.the comfort lies inblind embracesreaching out sleepilyin night-time placestouchonly touch.

The Bones of Trees

The Bones of Trees The split of earth and sky blurs in greysas we tilt toward sunlightand the hopeful.Our journey is always the same –grey on grey, slate-coloured, tarmac black.  Dogs pull on leads, worn red,crossing streets without discretion,panting smiles. We talk while shuffling towarda quiet place and the memory of trees. For a dog a graveyardis a yard.How lovely Learn More


What once were todays.A woman, lithe past my body’s comprehension,standing square, yet in imperceptible motion,sways. Her face wears pride and delight,a moment within a moment,a moment gone, yet resonant.Her friends wear smiles equally bright. People were different then,or are we so changed?So angry, so disarranged?How and when? The woman? My mother. Dark brown hair cut Learn More

The Art of the Possible – the podcast as dramatic ruse for dramatic storytelling

One evening year’s ago, I was performing in a well-known club in Hollywood. The weather was prohibitive, especially by Los Angeles standards where a little rain stops the city. But this evening was extreme with road closures, car accidents, etc. I called the Club thinking it would be closed, but sure enough, it was open. Learn More

Never Say Never

A show that takes its inspiration from the Lost Boys of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. A 40-minute theatrical presentation that focuses on alienated youth, gangs, intolerance, and perspective. The show includes rap and some music.