1993, Simon has been the Producing Director for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.
His trilogy of F. Scott Fitzgerald stage adaptations - The Great Gatsby,
Tender is the Night, and The Last Tycoon - are published by Dramatists
Play Service, www.dramatists.com. They are the first authorized adaptations that have been granted
exclusive rights by the Fitzgerald Estate.
The Great Gatsby
was a Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Drama, and is being produced across America
and around the world. Please visit The Great Gatsby Play website
- www.TheGreatGatsbyPlay.com - for more information about current, upcoming, and past productions.
Tender is the Night won
the PEN Literary Award in Drama, as well as 7 Drama-Logue awards including Best Production and Direction.
The Last Tycoon won
5 Back Stage West/Drama-Logue awards including Best Adaptation and Best Direction, and was nominated for the prestigious
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for Original Play.
He currently holds the options for two projects:
the film Kings of the Evening by Andrew P. Jones, which he's adapting into a musical; and the book Bat Bomb
by Jack Couffer, which he's adapting into a stage play.
In 2011 he was the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Milton Katselas Career Achievement
Award in Directing.
His next directing project is Reborning by Zayd
Dohrn, which will have its Los Angeles Premiere at the Fountain Theatre in January, 2015.
acclaimed production of the Los Angeles Revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which he directed, had an extended 3-month run at the Fountain Theatre - and was
named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top L.A. Theater Productions of 2013, and won numerous awards including
the Best Production (Revival) Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
Prior to that he directed the World Premiere of Stephen Sachs' contemporary deaf/hearing retelling of Cyrano,
a co-production with Deaf West Theatre, which opened to rave reviews at the Fountain Theatre on April 28, 2012
for a 4-month sold out run. It recently won 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle
Awards, including Best Production, Best Adaptation, Best Direction, and Best Actor.
In 2011, his production of the West Coast Premiere of
Tennessee Williams' last play A House Not Meant to Stand was a critical success at the Fountain Theatre and is
the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, including being named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top L.A. Theater
Productions of 2011.
In 2010 he directed the Los Angeles Premiere of Michael
Hollinger's Opus, which received rave reviews, was extended twice, and was the recipient of numerous awards and nominations,
including the OVATION, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, and Back Stage Garland awards for Best Production, Best
Direction, and Best Ensemble, among others.
In 2009 he directed Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, which was Pick of the Week, L.A. Weekly, received
OVATION Award nominations for Best Season/Best Production/Lead Actress, received L.A. Weekly Award nominations for Ensemble/Lead
Female Performance/Lighting Design, and is the recipient of several awards.
For 2014 he will produce
the Los Angeles premiere of My Name is Asher Lev for the Fountain Theatre, opening February 22nd; and the Los Angeles
premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size, the second play in his Brother/Sister Trilogy, opening in
He has produced the following plays by Athol Fugard at the Fountain Theatre: U.S. Premieres
of The Blue Iris, The Train Driver, and Victory, the West Coast Premiere of Coming
Home, and the World Premiere of Exits and Entrances, all of which
received rave reviews, plus numerous awards and nominations; he also produced
the West Coast Premiere of Bernard Weinraub's The Accomplices to rave notices, which was remounted at the Odyssey
Theatre in 2009; was the producer of the 2011 World Premiere of Stephen Sachs' Bakersfield Mist; produced
the 2013 West Coast Premiere of Ken LaZebnik's On the Spectrum; is currently producing the Los Angeles Premiere of Aaron Posner's adaptation of Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher
Lev; and will produce the Los Angeles Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size.
directing and producing credits are numerous, over 85 productions in Los Angeles and San Francisco that have won more than
In San Francisco he was the Founding Producer of the Playwrights Unit, One Act II, which specialized
in new work by local writers; became Artistic Director of the One Act Theatre Company where he produced and directed many
award-winning productions; and was general manager of San Francisco's hit revue, Beach Blanket Babylon.
taught Playwriting at UCLA Extension, was a site evaluator for both the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts
Council, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Theatre Communications
Group, the National New Play Network, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, and the Society of Directors and Choreographers, as
well as a host of political, environmental, and humanitarian advocacy groups.