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My play DOUBLE SUICIDE AT UENO PARK!!! Will be a part of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays. I’m in series C, and previews begin on June 13th and the show runs through June 27th. 970868_865594873982_518526944_n

Double Suicide at Ueno Park!  by Leah Nanako Winkler; directed by John Giampietro*

Two courtesans in 18th century Japan are set free from the red-light district once a year to see the cherry blossoms at Ueno Park. As the seasons pass, the best friends make a dangerous pact.

Tickets available here

May 14th- I’ll be at the  The Drama Bookshop in New York for the OOB 39th Edition book launch. There will be readings of the plays included in the series and a signing afterward.

APRIL 2015

My play Taisetsu Na Hito is now available for purchase at Samuel French!

0046963_taisetsu_na_hito_300An excerpt of the play was  featured on Episode #1616 WNYC’s Studio 360 Podcast called “EX MACHINA,” SEXY ROBOTS, & FOUR-LEGGED STARS. It aired on Thursday, April 16, 2015 and was  hosted by PeaBody award winning Kurt Anderson. There I can also be heard briefly talking to Eric Molinsky about Robots and sexuality. Check it out at the link below.

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My short play Tomorrow was a part of EST/Youngblood’s April brunch series. The theme was optimism and it starred Cathy Curtin (Orange is the New Black), Shawn Randall (Symphonics Live!) and Sasha Diamond (The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO). It was directed by John Giampietro.


MARCH 2015

My new book of short plays, The Lowest Form Of Writing is finally out!


You can purchase it on Amazon for $10 at or come see me at any of my gigs or plays. Speaking of plays!!!!

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR MY NEW PLAY KENTUCKY, DIRECTED BY MORGAN GOULD  AT EST/YOUNGBLOOD RUNNING MARCH 18-28. For tickets call 866-811-4111 or click here!  I’m super excited about this play and I hope you can join me!!! 

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by Leah Nanako Winikler
Directed by Morgan Gould
Starring: Satomi Blair, Sasha Diamond, Ronald Peet, Lucy DeVito, Amir Wachterman, Allyson Morgan, Christine Lee, Alex Grubbs, Curran Connor, Merissa Czyz, Jay Patterson, Samantha Sembler, Lynette Freeman, Virginia Wing, Marcia Haufrecht and Emily Kunkel.

Hiro is a self-made woman making it in New York. But she is also single, almost thirty and estranged from her dysfunctional family who lives in Kentucky. When her little sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at twenty-two, Hiro takes it up on herself to do whatever she can to stop the wedding and salvage any shred of hope she had about her sister’s future. The themes of identity, religion and love collide in this unique coming-of-age story.


March 18 at 7pm
March 19 at 7pm
March 21 at 2pm
March 26 at 7pm
March 28 at 7pm

FALL/Winter 2014-

-Will be part of New Georges 1 Minute Play Festival

-Awarded space grant with 2G (Second Generation)

-12/17 Remounting my short play “Alone On Christmas-W4Mw-28 ( Brooklyn)” w/ Darcy Fowler, Jared McGuire and special guests. Directed by Matt Dickson. Tickets here

-My full length KENTUCKY  will be a part of EST/YOUNGBLOOD’s Unfiltered festival in Spring 2015. Details forthcoming. 

-Date set for China publication! My short plays I Don’t Want to Read Your Blog, LOVE, BELIEBER and Arch-Nemisis will be published in the December Edition of Nanjing University’s Stage and Screen Reviews 

-My short play YOU’RE AMAZING Was part of EST/Youngblood’s Legal Brunching Age

-I was a part of F*It Club’s F*ing Up Halloween where I “acted” in a play. It was scary!

-Jennifer Gordon Thomas performed my monologue LIONS as part of CAPS LOCK THEATRE’s PUSSY FEST at Judson Church.

-My short play WRINKLE was part of Asking For Trouble 2014 at Ensemble Studio Theatre. It was directed by Danya Taymor and starred Curren Conner, Artem Kreimer, Jesse Geguzis and Hand To God’s Steven Boyer.


 August 2014- 

-My short play Taisetsu Na Hito won the  Sam French OOB Festival!  It will be published in an anthology in 2015. Read about it on Backstage!

-The cast of Taisetsu Na Hito and I were interviewed for a new podcast on WNYC radio! The episode will be released in the fall of 2014!


July 2014- 

-I went to SPACE on Ryder Farm with EST/Youngblood

June 2014-

– My plays Diversity Awareness Picnic and Death For Sydney Black were nominated for The Kilroys List. Read about The List in the NYTimes. 


-Cover Art for my upcoming book of short plays by Lilli Stein!


May 2014

-My short plays, “I Don’t Want To Read Your Blog” and “Arch-Nemisis” were performed at Nanjing University in China! They will both be published and translated into Chinese the fall of 2014.

Here are some production photos they sent me!

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-I was chosen as a finalist for theThe Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellowship at The Juilliard School for the 2nd time.