Jason Odell Williams is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer as well as an award-winning playwright and novelist. Hailed as a “postmodern Clifford Odets” by the L.A. Times and “this country’s newest Eugene O’Neill” by the Santa Monica Daily Press, his
latest play, Church & State, was recently nominated for a BEST NEW PLAY AWARD by the Off-Broadway Alliance. Prior to running for over 100 performances Off-Broadway at New World Stages, Church & State was selected as an NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions in Los Angeles and Rochester. The L.A. production was nominated three L.A. Ovation Awards including Best Playwriting for an Original Play and Best Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre).
Jason’s first play Handle With Care (published by DPS) was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, ran for over 100 performances Off-Broadway starring Carol Lawrence, has be
en produced 21 times in the last five years in the U.S. and Canada, and recently won three Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Production.
Other plays: Baltimore in Black & White (the cell theatre); Someone Else (NC Stage); The Science of Guilt (DR2); Going Offline (Fells Point Corner Theatre); The Jungle Gym (American Globe Theatre). Readings: Primary Stages, The Blank, The Lark, EST, as well as developmental readings starring Norbert Leo Butz, Matthew Lillard and Tovah Feldshuh.
Jason was a winner of the 2012 Hudson Valley Writers Workshop contest and the winner of the 2011 Fixitsolife Theatre playwriting contest. His first novel, Personal Statement, was optioned for a three-picture deal by former Miramax executive Steve Hut
ensky (The Fighter, Limitless). Jason is currently adapting his novel for the screen with his wife and collaborator Charlotte Cohn. Their original pilot “Birdland” was a Top Ten Finalist in the 2015 Tracking Board pilot competition. They live in New York City with their daughter. More at jasonodellwilliams.com