Three Rules for the Dragon by Jeff Talbott

Douglas Barnes has a job. It's not the job his wife thinks he has. She thinks he's a desk-bound clock-watching pencil-pushing CIA administrator, but that's not what he does. He is the guy who gets information out of people by any means necessary. But balancing his work life and his home life is taking its toll on Doug, as one particularly hard-to-crack detainee is making it hard for him to concentrate at home or in life. Three Rules for the Dragon is an intense and probing new drama about two men locked in the eternal struggle to get information, and the marriage that hangs in the balance between them.

CAST SIZE: 2M, 1F, 1child

Jeff Talbott’s play The Submission was the inaugural recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award in 2011 and was produced off-Broadway by MCC Theater; it received the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Play in 2012. It was also a semi-finalist for the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His play A Public Education was a finalist for the 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Developmental workshops/readings of his other plays have included How to Build a City (Route 66), The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (TACT, Chicago Shakespeare), Elliot (Crowded Outlet, MCC Theater), A Public Education (Pioneer Theatre Company, TACT) and All the Stars in the Midnight Sky (MCC Theater, TACT). He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke. They have written two musicals - Imagine Harry (2015 NAMT Festival of New Musicals; 2015 O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference semi-finalist; 2014 Rheinbeck Writers Retreat finalist) and Wintersong (2016 Goodspeed/Jonny Mercer Writers Colony). They released an EP of their work in September of 2015 called A View of the River (available on iTunes). Jeff graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama.