Joel's three-character drama, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE COLOR OF FLESH was given its first public reading at a small theatre in New York, with Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Shue, and Stephen Lang in the cast. Subsequently, the play was developed at the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble in Los Angeles, with the considerable help of its artistic director, Dan Lauria, who brought it to the attention of the New Jersey Rep. The Rep gave the play its world premiere, directed by Bob Kalfin. Bob later directed the play in its New York debut.
MARIE ANTOINETTE continues to be staged around the country since its 2008 off-Broadway production. Winner of "Best Play" for Spotlight Awards 2015, it has also been staged in Canada and Australia, and has been translated into Spanish, French, and Polish. To read selected reviews of the play, please click on the links to the right.
“The sweep of a historical novel….real events swirl outside, while inside at Versailles, emotions swirl just as vigorously around a triangle of love and friendship… Explores issues of class, many of them sounding quite contemporary, while creating a touching story of love.” Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES
PLAYS IN DEVELOPMENT:
CARMILLA, a new musical drama, written by Joel Gross and Paul Aleman, was presented as a staged reading by the York Theatre Company. The reading was directed by Gabriel Barre. Musical arrangements and supervision by Jim Abbott.
Joel and Paul are also developing DILLINGER, a musical drama about the life and legend of the famous gangster, with arranger/orchestrator Jim Abbott.
Joel's five-character drama, THE MISTRESS OF DOCTOR KANE,had its first public reading at The Barrow Group (New York).
Joel's filmscript, THE COLOR OF FLESH, based on his play, is a dramatic love triangle set during the turbulent years around the French Revolution. Austrian director Virgil Widrich is set to direct the film in Europe next year.
Joel's contemporary drama, SHOESTRING PARADISE, is being developed as a film by producers Josh Young and Mike Medavoy.
Joel has previously worked on films for Fox, Universal, Sony, and HBO.
Joel Gross's novels include THE BOOKS OF RACHEL. He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild, and P.E.N.
KINDLE editions of THE BOOKS OF RACHEL, THE LIVES OF RACHEL, THIS YEAR IN JERUSALEM, MAURA'S DREAM, and SARAH: A NOVEL OF SARAH BERNHARDT are now available.