by Jay Rehak
Jay Rehak is a playwright, non-fiction essayist, video maker and teacher. His darkly comedic work has been produced by theaters from coast to coast, including the West Coast Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles), Shadowbox Cabaret (Columbus, OH), Heartlande Theatre (Ann Arbor, MI), and the National Theatre (Washington, DC) where his sketch comedy “Marinated Steaks and Socks” won First Place in a national competition in January 2002. His reflections on teaching can be found in two essay compilations, City Kids, City Teachers (New Press, 1996) and Teaching for Social Justice (New Press, 1998). He is also a published songwriter and has co-written Noah’s Ark: The Musical, first produced in Chicago in 1998. Jay teaches English at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. He lives with his wife, award winning children’s singer Susan Salidor, and his two daughters. He is currently completing a full-length comedy entitled Damned Right: A Comedy About People Who Know Everything. Jay’s collected short plays are published by One Act Depot, under the titles, Little Guise, More Little Guise and Funny Guise and are available at http://oneactplays.net/castsize.html .
Jay's music videos can be found on Youtube, Kidstube and Teachertube.
A list of all of Jay's 18 produced plays (free and downloadable) are available at www.therighteousman.com
A video of my award winning play, Doctor J's Magic Spray, chosen "Audience Favorite" at the 2008 Toronto Inspirato Festival can be seen by cutting and pasting this link into your browser: http://opfiles.com/edu/?page_id=26