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's currently finishing
a new play, an updating of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People - A New Version for the 21st Century.
In 2011 he was the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics
Circle's Milton Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing.
His acclaimed production of the Los Angeles Revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which he directed, closed in December 2013 at the Fountain Theatre
after a 3-month extended run - named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top L.A. Theater Productions
of 2013, and winner of the Best Production (Revival) Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
His prior directing project was 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
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.
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 May.
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.