ISRAEL HOROVITZ was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on March 31, 1939. He is the son of Hazel Rose Horovitz (née Solberg) and Julius Charles Horovitz, a trucker who became a lawyer at age 50. Israel Horovitz has six children: film producer Rachael Horovitz, television producer/screenwriter Matthew Horovitz, composer/performer Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, non-profit administrators Hannah Horovitz and Julie Newberg, and writer/filmmaker Oliver Horovitz. He is married to Gillian Adams, former English national marathon champion and record-holder.
Horovitz has written two novels: Cappella (Harper and Row) and Guignol’s Legacy (Three Rooms Press); a novella Nobody Loves Me (Les Editions de Minuit); and a collection of poetry Heaven and Others Poems (Three Rooms Press). Horovitz’s plays have been translated and performed in more than 30 languages, worldwide. His 80+ plays include Line (which had 50 years of continuous performance, off-Broadway, at 13th St. Repertory Theatre), The Indian Wants The Bronx, Rats, It’s Called The Sugar Plum, The Wakefield Plays (a seven play cycle including Alfred the Great, Our Father’s Failing, Alfred Dies, Hopscotch, The 75th, Stage Directions, and Spared), Morning, The Primary English Class, The Widow’s Blind Date, Today I Am A Fountain Pen, Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, My Old Lady, Free Gift, Cat-Lady, Stations of the Cross, One Under, 50 Years of Caddieing, Speaking Well of the Dead, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, Security, A Mother’s Love, Sins of the Mother, 6 Hotels (including The Audition Play, Fiddleheads and Lovers, Speaking of Tushy, 2nd Violin, Beirut Rocks, and The Hotel Play), Compromise, The Secret of Mme Bonnard’s Bath, The Vote in Orange, Just The Way You Are, The P Word, The Bump, Virtual Alex, The New Girl, Gloucester Blue, ROMEO, Man In Snow, The Day Before Yesterday, Mah-Jongg, and his newest play Flattery. Horovitz’s My Old Lady is in the repertory of The Moscow Art Theatre.
Screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival), Sunshine (European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), New York, I Love You, the EMMY and Golden Globe-nominated James Dean, and the film adaptation of My Old Lady, which Horovitz wrote and directed. Horovitz wrote, directed and performed the award-winning documentary 3 Weeks After Paradise. Awards for his plays include the OBIE (twice), the Prix de Plaisir du Théâtre, The Prix Italia (for radio plays), The Sony Radio Academy Award (for Man In Snow), The Writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, The Christopher Award, The Drama Desk Award, an Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Elliot Norton Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Award from B’Nai Brith, The Literature Prize of Washington College, The European Academy Award – Best Screenplay (for Sunshine), an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Salem (Massachusetts) State College, Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award, The Walker Hancock Prize, and many others.
Horovitz is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage Company (Gloucester, Massachusetts), and the New York Playwrights Lab. For two decades, he taught a master class in screenwriting at Columbia University and La Fèmis, France’s national film school. An avid golfer, he also taught a playwriting master class at University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Horovitz visits France, frequently, where he often directs French-language productions of his plays. He is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history, and has been decorated as Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honor for foreign artists. His memoire Un New-Yorkais a Paris was published in France by Grasset. He also works frequently in Italy, where he is co-Artistic Director of Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto. The 70/70 Horovitz Project, created by NYC’s Barefoot Theatre, began on Horovitz’s 70th birthday. During the year between 31 March 2009 and 31 March 2010, 70 of Horovitz’s plays were given productions and/or readings by theatres in more than 20 countries around the globe.