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Secret Order

Secret Order

Bob Clyman


“Taut, twist-filled and appealingly cynical drama… Not since “Copenhagen” has a playwright so dramatically portrayed the culture of high-stakes science… for all its theatrical bravado, “Secret Order” doesn’t give short shrift of the play but also helps establish the credibility of his dramatic world.” (New York Times)

Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

Bob Clyman

Bob Clyman’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres, such as the Alley Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, George Street Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Colony Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and L.A. Theatre Works, in addition to touring Scotland.  His play “Secret Order” was initially commissioned and produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre under the auspices of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  It was subsequently produced at 59E59 Theatre in New York, where it was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award for the best script in 2008.  It has since been produced at many regional theatres.


His plays “Tranced” and “The Exceptionals” have both received an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. “Tranced” has been produced by San Jose Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, among others. “The Exceptionals” was produced by Contemporary American Theatre Festival and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, where it was nominated for “Best Play” and “Best New Play of 2012” by The Independent Reviewers of New England. His play “The Good Bet” was selected for The Ashland New Play Festival in 2014 and won the Stanley Drama Award of 2015.


Clyman has been awarded a number of national prizes, including a Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference Fellowship, Geraldine Dodge Fellowship, Playwrights First Award, New Jersey State Arts Council Award, Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, Berilla-Kerr Foundation Award, Djerassi Foundation Fellowship, Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Fellowship, and Theater in the Works Fellowship, as well as the awards Playwrights First Award, New Jersey State Arts Council Award and the Berilla-Kerr Foundation Award.


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