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Ken LaZebnik

Ken LaZebnik is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced at theatres across America and whose film and television scripts have ranged from collaborations with Garrison Keillor and Robert Altman to the popular CBS series Touched by an Angel. He has written three plays about autism. Vestibular Sense, which premiered at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis in 2007, was honored with an award from the American Theatre Critics Association at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Ky. Theory of Mind was commissioned for young audiences by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. It has also been produced in Minnesota, Hawaii and Michigan and published by Dramatic Publishing. On the Spectrum premiered at the Mixed Blood Theatre in the fall of 2011. Together with Garrison Keillor, LaZebnik co-wrote director Robert Altman's last film, A Prairie Home Companion. LaZebnik has a long history of writing for Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" radio show including such popular Keillor tapes as "A Visit to Mark Twain's House." For television, LaZebnik has written series as varied as Touched by an Angel, Providence and Star Trek: Enterprise. During his seven-year tenure on Touched by an Angel, he wrote more than 20 episodes. He wrote three PBS specials for their series In Concert at the White House, which were filmed in the East Room of the White House and featured Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Jennifer Holiday and country star Toby Keith. The Mixed Blood Theatre premiered his baseball play League of Nations in the spring of 2002. Artistic director Jack Reuler has also commissioned and produced LaZebnik's Harlem Renaissance Revue and the one-man play, Calvinisms. In 1996, he wrote a new book for the musical Babes in Arms, Garland Wright's last production at the Guthrie Theater. Los Angeles was the site of the premiere of his comedy Sink Eating, which opened at the Matrix Theatre. He was a founding member of the off-off-Broadway ensemble DearKnows and adapted The Odyssey, which that company toured for the Lincoln Center Institute. LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Kate Fuglei, and their two sons.

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