Skip to content


Published and Unpublished Scripts

Several unpublished scripts will be included in the archive at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, including “Bogeyman” and “Father Was a Peculiar Man.”

  • · “The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydicice,” in Reza Abdoh, ed. by Daniel Mufson. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
  • · “The Law of Remains.” in Plays for the End of the Century, ed. by Bonnie Marranca. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996, 9-94.
  • · “Quotations from a Ruined City,” with Salar Abdoh, in TDR. Vol. 39, No. 4 (T148), Fall 1995, 108-136.
  • · “Tight Right White.” TheatreForum. No. 4, Winter/Spring 1994, 63-81.


The videotapes are at the Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and at Cal Arts in California. Lincoln Center will have edited versions plus all of the raw footage used in the edited versions.

Medea: Requiem for a Boy with a White White Toy. 1986.

Rusty Sat on a Hill One Dawn. 1986.

Video Short: My Face.1986.

Video Short: O Thello Sit Still. (1986).

King Oedipus. 1987.

Eva Peron.1987.

Video Short: Jean Kirkpatrick in my Bathtub. 1987.

Video Short: Tiger Turd. 1987.

Peep Show. 1988

Video Short: Demon Lover. 1988.

Video Short: Loose Ends. 1988.

Minamata. 1989.

Video Short: The Boardroom Incident. 1989.

The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice. 1990.

Pasos en la Obscuridad. 1990.

Video Short: The Day of Wrath. 1990.

Video Short: Sleeping with the Devil. 1990.

Bogeyman. 1991.

Video Short: The Weeping Song. 1991.

Video Short: Daddy’s Girl. 1991.

The Law of Remains. 1992.

Simon Boccanegra. 1992.

The Blind Owl (feature-length film). 1992.

Tight Right White. 1993.

Quotations from a Ruined City. 1994.

Train Project (unfinished feature-length film)

Interviews. Various Dates.

Memorial Ceremony, Los Angeles. 1995

Memorial Ceremony, New York, May 18, 1995.

Interviews with Reza Abdoh

Bell, John. “To Reach Divinity Through the Act of Performance.” TDR, Vol. 39, No. 4 (T148), Fall 1995, pp. 48-71.*

Bergelt, Martin, and Hortensia Völckers. “Gewalt—Tod—Theater: Ein Gesprach.” [Interview with H. Volckers and M. Bergelt]. Akzente-Zeitschrift für Literatur. Vol. 40, No. 2, April 1993, pp. 164-173.*

Féral, Josette. “Theatre Is Not about Theory.” TDR, Vol. 39, No. 4 (T148), Fall 1995, 86-96.*

Fischer, Eva-Elisabeth. “Ein Gespräch mit dem Theatermann Reza Abdoh.” Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2 June 1993.

Leabhart, Thomas. “Reza Abdoh.” Mime Journal, Vol. 2, 1991. pp. 11-27.*

Lepecki, André. “Fragments de la cité des horreurs.” Mouvement. No. 8, July/August 1994. pp. 6-9.

Marquardt, Hans-Werner. “Soll ich jeden Morgen heulen und schreien?” Berliner Zeitung. 11 October 1994.

Mufson, Daniel. In “Places Ripped Open Again and Again: Sex, Identity, and Death in the Recent Works of Reza Abdoh.” Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Drama School Library, Yale University. (Date of Interview: January 14, 1995)

Vaucher, Andréa R. Muses from Chaos and Ash: aids, Artists, and Art. New York: Grove Press, 1993.*

Wehle, Philippa. “Reza Abdoh and Tight Right White: Interviews with Reza Abdoh.” TheatreForum, Issue #4, Fall/Winter 1994, pp. 57-59.*

Secondary Sources

“88 for 88.” No byline. Los Angeles Times Magazine, January 10, 1988, p. 18.

Adelmann, Maria Franziska. “Satanische Tänze: Voller Wut, Angst und Verzweiflung kämpft Reza Abdo gegen die Krankheit Gewalt.” Vogue Deutsch, pp. 76-77.

Arkatov, Janice. “Everything Goes in Abdoh Plays.” Los Angeles Times, 6 December 1986, Calendar Section, p. 2.

Artel, Sabrina. “At Breakneck Speed.” TDR, Vol. 39, No. 4, Fall, 1995, pp. 72-85.

Bell, John. “The Law of Remains.” Theater Week, 23 March 1992.

———. “aids and Avant-Garde Classicism: Reza Abdoh’s Quotations from a Ruined City. TDR, Vol.           39, No. 4 (T148), Fall 1995, pp. 21-47.*

Benach, Joan-Anton. “Orfeo, Eurídice y el apocalipsis.” La Vanguardia, 22 November 1992, p. 62.

Brantley, Ben. “Quotations from a Ruined City.” [review] New York Times, March 3, 1994, p. C20.

Bus, Rosemarie. “Ein Mann für jeden Schock.” Cosmopolitan International. No. 6, June 1993, pp. 214-218.

Carlson, Marvin. “Back to the Basics.” [review, Tight Right White] Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 187-191.*

———. “Father Was a Peculiar Man.” [review] Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 193-196.

Chelkowski, Peter J., ed. Ta’ziyeh Ritual and Drama in Iran. New York: New York University Press, 1979.

Christon, Lawrence. “A Director Tackles his Everest¾ ‘Lear’¾at 21.” L.A. Times, 13 January 1985, Calendar Section, p. 50.

Coleman, Beth. “It’s a Family Affair: Reza Abdoh’s Theater of Pangs.” Village Voice. 16 March 1993, p. 39.

Collins, Glenn. “Theatrical Director’s Calling Card: Sex and Death.” New York Times, 24 February 1992, p. C1.

———. “Street Theater Audience Must Make a Choice.” New York Times, 19 July 1990, p. C17.

Dasgupta, Gautam. “Body/Politic: The Ecstasies of Reza Abdoh.” Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 1994, pp. 19-28.*

Drake, Sylvie. “Exorcising Demons.” Los Angeles Times, 30 August 1991, p. F1.

———. “A Chaotic Plaint for our Fouled Nest.” Los Angeles Times, 14 May 1989.*

———. “A Waltz on the Wild Side.” Los Angeles Times, December 14, 1990.*

———. “Abdoh Stumbles with ‘Pasos’.” Los Angeles Times, September 8, 1990, Calendar Section, p. 5.

Feingold, Michael. “Tight Right White.” [review] The Village Voice, March 23, 1993, pp. 93, 97.*

Fischer, Eva-Elisabeth. “Vergewaltigung durch Moral.” ballett international tanz aktuell, October 1994, pp. 37-38.

Fuchs, Elinor. “The Performance of Mourning.” American Theatre, January 1993, pp. 14-17.

———. “A Vision of Ruin.” [review, Quotations from a Ruined City]. The Village Voice, March 15, 1994, p. 91-92.*

———. “Play as Landscape: Another Version of Pastoral.” Theater, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring/Summer 1994, pp. 44-52.

¾¾¾. “Always Staging Lear.” Reza Abdoh, ed. by Daniel Mufson. New York: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Godard, Colette. “Les Etats-Unis en images éclatées.” Le Monde, 17 November 1992. p. 18.

Goldman, Jeffrey. “An Absurd, Exhausting Peep Show Makes Voyeurs of the Audience.” Village View, 22-28 April 1988, p. 5.

Holden, Stephen. “A Carnival of Satire, Savagery, and Karamazov.” New York Times, 11 July 1990.

Jacobson, Lynn. “Poison in the Bay.” American Theatre, June 1989, p. 6.

King, Kenneth. “Reza Abdoh’s Quotations from a Ruined City.” Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 1994, pp. 29-38.

Koehler, Robert. “The Blood Flows in Brenton One-Acts.” Los Angeles Times, 17 June 1983, Part VI, p. 10.

¾¾¾. “ ‘A Medea’: Nightmarish Visions Get a Workout.” Los Angeles Times, 23 July 1986, Part VI, p. 3.

———. “‘Oedipus,’ ‘Peron’: How Tyrants Die.” Los Angeles Times, 22 July 1987, Part V, p. 2.

Marowitz, Charles. “Los Angeles in Review: Bogeyman.” TheaterWeek, October 14, 1991, Vol. 5, No. 10, pp. 34-35.*

Mejías-Rentas, Antonio. “Reza Abdoh disfruta sus ‘Pisadas’ dentro de la cultura latinoamericana.” La Opinion, 6 September 1990, Section 6, p. 1.

Méreuze, Didier. “Reza Abdoh entre Cocteau et Artaud.” La Croix. 4 December 1993, p. 16.

Mikulan, Steven. “Exterminating Angel: Reza Abdoh’s Theater of Sacrifice.” L.A. Weekly. 29 November-5 December 1991, pp. 19-28.

Miller, Daryl H. “Dances with Abdoh.” L.A. Daily News, 21 December 1990, p. 31.

Mufson, Daniel. “Same Vision, Different Form: Reza Abdoh’s The Blind Owl.” Volume 39, No. 4 (T148), Fall 1995, pp. 97-107.

Mufson, Daniel. “The Sickness Proper to the Time.” Reza Abdoh. New York: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Munk, Erika. “Meaty Metaphors.” Village Voice, 18-24 July 1990, p. 102.

Neff, Renfreu. “Taking it to the Streets.” Contemporanea. October, 1990, pp. 82-85.

Pizzati, Carlo. “Che macello quel teatro.” Il Venerdi di Repubblica. 1 September 1990, pp. 107-113.

Plagens, Peter, with Lynda Wright. “Multiculturalism or Bust, Gang.” Newsweek, 24 September 1990, p. 68.

Román, David. “Bogeyman.” [review] Theatre Journal, October 1992, Vol. 44, No. 3, p. 395-397.

Roter, Sybille. “Höllentheater ohne Absolution.” Musik & Theater. 9 September 1993, pp. 8-13.

Sadownick, Douglas. “To Hell and Back: Reza Abdoh Mixes Sex and Mythology for a Hip Hop Journey to the Underworld.” The Advocate, March 12, 1991, No. 572, p. 71.

———. “Hell’s Angels.” [review, The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice]. American Theatre, February 1991, pp. 9-10.

———. “Who is Bogeyman?” [program notes, LATC production of Bogeyman, 1991.

Sagal, Peter. “Waking Nightmares.” Theater Week, 14 January 1991, Vol. 4, No. 23, pp. 24-28.

Siegmund, Gerald. “Facetten des Big Apple.” Journal Frankfurt, pp. 36-37.

Siegmund, Gerald. “Apocalypse Wow!” Journal Frankfurt, pp. 49-50.

Simons, Tad. “The Art of the Unspeakable.” Twin Cities Reader, 21-27 October 1992, pp. 14-16.

Solis, René. “Abdoh Horror Picture Show.” Libération, 3 December 1993, p. 31.

Solomon, Alisa. “aidsmerica.” [review, The Law of Remains]. The Village Voice, p. 95.

Stayton, Richard. “Hellraiser: The Shock Tactics of Reza Abdoh Push Audiences to the Edge.” American Theatre, February 1992, Vol. 8, No. 11, p. 26.

———. “Theater on the Edge.” Los Angeles Times,  25 August 1991, p. 7 (Calendar).

———. “L.A. Dramatists unfold new tableaux: A glimpse of potential.” Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 22 April 1988, p. 10.

———. “‘A Medea’: An artist dares to dream in this sober world.” Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 26 July 1986, p. B8.

Sullivan, Dan. “Modern Works Find Use for Legendary Images.” Los Angeles Times. 19 February 1986, p. 1 (Calendar Section).

———. “Trysting with Art-Theater at a Hollywood Motel.” Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1988, Part VI, p. 1.

Swisher, Viola Hegyi. “King Lear.” Drama-Logue, 24-30 January 1985.

Tallmer, Jerry. “‘Peculiar’ Pastiche: Sumptuous moveable happening.” New York Post, 16 July 1990, On the Town Section, p. 31.

Tillis, Steve. “The Actor Occluded: Puppet Theatre and Acting Theory.” Theatre Topics Vol. 6, No. 2 (1996), pp. 109-119.

Wallach, Allan. “Colbblestones for a Stage.” Newsday, 24 June 1990, Part II, p. 13.

Warfield, Polly. “The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice.” Drama-Logue, 20 December 1990 – 2 January 1991, p. 29.

——— “‘As the Crow Flies’ & ‘Sound of a Voice’.” Drama-Logue. 20-26 February 1986.

———. “Rusty Sat on a Hill One Dawn…” Drama-Logue. 11-17 December 1986.

———. “Eva Peron/King Oedipus.” Drama-Logue. 16-22 July 1987.

———. “Peep Show.” Drama-Logue. 21-27 April 1988.

———. “Staging Two Plays in Repertory: Innovative Reza Abdoh.”  Drama-Logue, 9-15 July 1987.

Wehle, Philippa. “Tight Right White: A Poetic Work of Mourning.” TheatreForum, Issue #4, Fall/Winter 1994, pp. 57-59.*

———. “Hatred Versus Hope.” [review, Tight Right White] American Theatre, April 1993, Vol. 10, No.4, p. 13.

Wolf, Steven. “‘Hound of the Underworld’: Reza Abdoh’s Plays of Troubling, Chaotic Redemption.” Los Angeles Downtown News, 14 January 1991, p.1.

* asterisk denotes works that have been reprinted in Reza Abdoh, ed. by daniel mufson, new york: the johns hopkins university press, 1999.

%d bloggers like this: