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I'm Aaron.

I'm a writer, actor, and singer originally from Coral Springs, Florida. I now call New York City home. I got my B.A. in Theatre, with a certificate in Musical Theatre, from Northwestern University, and I'm a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. In 2014, The Travels, my epic play with songs by Kelly Hoppenjans (music) and me (lyrics), played a sold-out run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. I recently received my M.F.A. in Playwriting from Indiana University, where I studied under Peter Gil-Sheridan.

I'm represented by Ben Izzo in the Literary Division of Abrams Artists Agency.

Photo by Chia Messina

I have news.

 
 

I got my MFA and moved back to NYC!

5/3/19

After three years studying with Peter Gil-Sheridan at Indiana University (IU), I got my MFA in Playwriting. I’m so grateful for my time at IU, where I grew so much as a writer, wrote a bunch of new stuff, made fabulous friends, and started my teaching career, teaching undergraduate courses in Playwriting, Musical Theatre Songwriting, and Musical Theatre Bookwriting.

Now I’m back in New York City, excited to see what the future holds.

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Videos from workshop of my new solo show A Bushel and a Peck at IU

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4/24/19

I workshopped my newest project, A Bushel and a Peck, a play for one actor, which I performed myself. The presentation was direction by Kenneth L. Roberson (Broadway’s Avenue Q and All Shook Up). Check out these videos of my performance:

Only Child premieres at Indiana University

2/22/19

My new play Only Child runs from February 22nd-March 2nd at Indiana University as part of their At First Sight New Play Festival, directed by Jenny McKnight.

Check out this interview from the Indiana Daily Student with me about the play, and this video interview with me:

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Him & Her & Gay Men in General wins big at Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest.

1/12/19

My new ten-minute play Him & Her & Gay Men in General was chosen as a National Finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award at Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Madison, WI.

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Him & Her & Gay Men in General going to Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest.

12/7/18

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My new ten-minute play Him & Her & Gay Men in General was chosen as one of the top six plays in Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. It will be performed in a staged reading on Saturday, January 12th in Madison, WI.

briars lit published my poem, "Sonnet no. Diner"

8/17/18

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briars lit published my poem “Sonnet no. Diner” in their first volume, which went live today! Click here to check out my work and the work of other great writers in this new anthology of queer work.

Nice Nails premieres at Indiana University

3/23/18

My new play Nice Nails runs from March 30th-April 7th at Indiana University as part of their At First Sight New Play Festival, directed by Jonathan Michaelsen.

Check out press for the show:

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Resting Bitch Face selected as runner-up in Tennessee Williams Festival One-Act contest

2/19/18

My play Resting Bitch Face was selected by judge Lisa D'Amour (Detroit, Airline Highway) as the runner-up in the 2017-2018 Tennessee Williams Festival One-Act Play Contest.

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I'm in Brett Ryback's Joe Schmoe Saves the World

8/16/17

I'm playing Lyon in a developmental production of Brett Ryback's new musical Joe Schmoe Saves The World, directed by Christian Barillas.

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My musical theatre songs performed in concert

2/19/17

Call Me Crazy: the lyrics of Aaron Ricciardi, a concert of musical theatre songs with lyrics by me and music by Kelly Hoppenjans, Ayumi Okada, and Daniel Rein, was presented at The Blockhouse in Bloomington, Indiana. Check out these videos!

Plays

Only Child

full-length

In a landscape of distorted and fractured memories, a teenage prince meets a lonely schoolteacher and becomes deeply intertwined in her home, her marriage, and her fantasies.

Nice Nails

full-length

As word spreads of labor department crackdowns, a Korean-American woman fights to modernize her parents' tired nail salon, all while growing captivated by a new customer.

Resting Bitch Face

one-act

While studying for a history test on World War II, three 10th-grade girls warn their friend about the dangers her RBF poses to her social standing.

The Canvasser

ten-minute

A canvasser comes to the door of two clueless young women, to encourage them to vote in the upcoming election, but they couldn’t care less, even though the world is on the brink of disaster.

Bored

ten-minute

Natalie, an “actor” in L.A., grabs coffee with her estranged childhood friend who’s in town, and word vomits about her fabulous life, until her façade falls, and the two women are drawn together.

A Bushel and a Peck

full-length

solo show

Excavating a family secret, Aaron grapples with what to make of a void left by a less-than-perfect loved one.

Can I See Your Face?

full-length

By day, Jeff and Kirk lead humdrum lives like the rest of us, but, at night, these two closeted men rendezvous in a gay sex chat room and project their fantasies onto each other. 

Him & Her & Gay Men in General

ten-minute

A metaplay that starts as a simple story but spirals into a more complicated one, about love, sex, and children of abuse.

At the Movies with Kenneth and Asher

one-act

Kenneth and Asher got caught sneaking into an R-rated movie, so they’re on a bench in front of the theater, unsure of what to do with their night—or at least until their moms come to pick them up.

Full of It, or Diana

ten-minute

Diana is the worst. Or is she actually a pretty decent person with a strong moral compass and the rest of us are assholes?


Television

The Haven, a pilot

half-hour, single-camera

A dry ensemble comedy-drama that centers on a seedy family-owned rent-by-the-hour motel. Inspired by my family.

 

Musical Theatre

The Travels

full-length

The U.S. of A. is the greatest country on Earth — at least, that’s what they preach every day on the nation’s only TV show. This dystopian tale has proven eerily prophetic in the age of Trump.

The Cousin with the Eyebrows

ten-minute

12-year-old Sol's life turns from dismal to spectacular when Seth, his 25-year-old gay cousin who lives in New York City, comes to visit for Yom Kippur.

Fabulous

full-length

1979, New York City. A privileged, well-bred young woman goes off in search of adventure in the world of disco, where she finds her new obsession: a fabulous trans woman.


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Ben Izzo, Literary Division

275 7th Ave, 26th Floor, NY, NY, 10001

(646) 461-9383

ben.izzo@abramsartny.com


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