Eric Simonson

Writer & director for film, television, theatre, and opera

Eric Simonson is a writer and director for film, television, theatre and opera. Recent films include the documentary, "Studs Terkel: Listening to America," "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin", and "On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom."

A moving look at life, loyalty and America's pastime, this touching drama unfolds during a season of baseball with the New York Mammoths, focusing on the friendship between a world-wise star pitcher and a country boy catcher struggling to cope with devastating news.

 

Selected Audio Clip from Bang the Drum Slowly

Produced by LA Theatre Works

"Eric Simonson's beautifully imagined adaptation of Mark Harris' novel is in many ways the stage equivalent of a lusciously layered and moving work of prose literature, a marvel of simplicity in the depth of its feeling, while at the same time a profound reverie on the losing human contest against mortality…confronts death with complexity, never settling for easy sentiment, and is all the more stirring as a result."
                                    —Chicago Tribune. 

"There's no denying the humor and power of the work, nor the audience's three-hankie response…a fascinating textural portrait of our national image."
                                    —Boston Herald.

"Bang the Drum Slowly has its heart in the right place... a quiet meditation on the preciousness of life... a genuine and heartfelt piece."
                                    —Talkin Broadway

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