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DEELMAYKER – A staged reading near Dallas – tonight

Congratulations to Warren Bodow, whose play DEELMAYKER has won third place in the 3rd Annual McKinney Repertory Theatre’s New Play Competition. It will receive a reading tonight at 7:30pm in McKinney, Texas, just outside of Dallas. I have worked as Warren’s dramaturg to develop the comedy for the past two years. Previously, it received readings in New York City and Tucson, Arizona, before being chosen for this national award.

McKinney Repertory Theatre DEELMAYKER by Warren bodow

DEELMAYKER, the main character’s email address, features the loveable Bernie Harris, a successful 65-year-old media broker who wants to keep on truckin’ but is challenged by a client base that is shrinking and a business environment that is pushing him to the sidelines.  As he struggles to win the trust of a much younger client, and with problems in his marriage, Bernie strives to make the perfect deal, and learns if he has what it takes to face the new realities of a world growing young.

McKinney Repertory Theatre 
111 N. Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX

Warren G. Bodow is a “second-act” playwright, having turned to this craft following a thirty-year career in broadcasting. He has written six plays, all of which have been produced in festivals or as fully-staged box-office productions. His second play, RACE MUSIC, was performed on Theatre Row and received critical acclaim from The New York Times in 2009. A native of Syracuse, New York, he graduated from Syracuse University and served as chair of the Newhouse School Advisory Board. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in New York City and in Tucson, Arizona. His book THREE SHORT PLAYS ABOUT LOVE was published by Hamilton Dramaturgy Press in 2011.

DEELMAYKER Reading in NYC April 11th

It is my pleasure to invite you to the staged reading of DEELMAYKER by Warren Bodow, which I have dramaturged. Please join us! Reservations required:

DEELMAYKER by Warren Bodow

A comedy about 65 year old Bernie Harris, once the go-to guy in the media brokerage business, who struggles to meet the demands of a younger generation—on his own terms.

Presented by The Spiral Theatre Studio/Our Green Rooms Truly Are

Join us for a reading of DEELMAYKER

By Warren Bodow

Directed By Ken Dashow

To be performed at Arts New York,

in the Bruce Mitchell Room, 3rd floor

520 8th Avenue at 7pm on April 11, 2013


Or call: 212-689-4362

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Warren Bodow Featured on

Congratulations to my long-time client Warren Bodow, who is featured in this week’s Cultural Weekly online magazine. carries a fascinating piece about Warren, a Theatre Artist I Love to Follow (TALF), who specializes in turning out plays dealing with older adults.  The reality of our theater today is that people over 55 make up the core audience for non-musical plays, so here is a story about an older adult New-York-based playwright, who was already accomplished in the field of broadcasting, and who turned to playwriting as a second career with this core audience in mind. The direct link is:

Enjoy! You may reach him directly at or through

Published September 6, 2012

Theatre Profile

Warren Bodow’s Second Act

by Jaz Dorsey

“At 73,” says playwright Warren Bodow, “I am what I am, so I have determined to write plays about older people who face issues, problems and conflicts that are largely the result of living beyond the traditional retirement age of 65.”

With these words, Bodow, it seems, speaks not only for himself but also for an entire generation of amazing American theatre artists who are more likely to be found in the director’s chair than the rocking chair.

Born in 1939 in Syracuse, New York, Bodow’s initiation into drama and music began when he was seven with a Stromberg Carlson AM-FM short-wave radio and record changer console which was the heart of family time, enjoying shows such as Jack Benny and Burns & Allen. On his own, Bodow tuned in to Superman and other youth-oriented adventures or eavesdropped on his mother’s radio soaps and recalls the profound effect that radio had on the imagination of his generation. The record changer was kept busy with the family’s classical and semi-classical collection.

These cultural elements no doubt laid the ground work for his future career in broadcasting.

Bodow was also a film fanatic who remembers to this day in which theatre he saw which film and who, for the past six years, has led seminars on classic movies for adult ed groups.

After graduating from Syracuse University in 1960, Bodow embarked on a career in broadcasting. His path took him on an adventure that included two years (1965-67) at WKNR in Detroit, which he remembers as “a great place to be at that time since the Motown sound was at its height,” and eventually landed him the rather amazing title of President and General Manager of the New York Times radio stations WQXR FM/AM, a position which he held from 1983 to 1998. Like any true New Yorker, he reveled in the NYC theatre scene, where he met and dealt with people such as Gerald Schoenfeld of the Shubert Organization.

In 1998, Bodow says he retired from broadcasting, but talking to him it sounds more like he just switched careers. Over the past 14 years, he has penned four plays, three of which have received productions in NYC and beyond.

Working with acclaimed dramaturg Anne Hamilton of Hamilton Dramaturgy, Bodow wrote Fronting the Order, which looks at a group of four encyclopedia salesmen on the road in 1959. Fronting has had a production in Tucson, AZ. Race Music is about a young African-American man who wants to become a classical DJ. Race Music was seen at the Samuel Beckett on Theatre Row in 2009.

“Harry the Hunk Is On His Way Out,” says Bodow, “deals with my observation that those of us born in or around 1940 may be the luckiest people in America because we came of age at the height of America’s dominance, which provided great opportunity for those with the guts and drive to grab the golden ring.” Harry had its premiere at The Cherry Lane Studio in 2007. Yet to be produced (for any of you up and coming producers looking for a hot new property) is Deelmaker (that’s the main character’s dot-com), about a 65-year-old media broker who wants to keep doing what he’s been doing but is faced with a client base that is shrinking and a world that is telling him he’s on his way out.

Of his “second act,” Bodow quotes a good friend who said recently “Life is wanting. You stop wanting, you stop living.’” “Even at this age,” says Bodow, “with a full and fortunate life behind me, I want more. Writing a hit Broadway play wouldn’t hurt. Once, just once, it would be fun to be a principal at a Broadway opening night party.”

To which I can only say, “Amen to that, Mr. Bodow!”

Jaz Dorsey is the founder of AAPEX (The African American Playwrights Exchange) and F.L.A.G.(The Foreign Language Acting Group) and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Warren Bodow can be reached at or through

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