Conversation with a Kleagle:
interview with a KKK recruiter.
Writer of Theatre Script
Co-Writer of Film Script
Rudy Gray is a Playwright, Author, Screenwriter, Professor, and Historian. He won three John Golden Playwriting awards, a Creative Artists Public Service Award for Playwriting, the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, and a Writers Guild of America Screenwriting Fellowship. He was also nominated for an AUDELCO Award for excellence in Theater.
His plays have been produced around the country, including Trio by the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, Before The Flood by The AMAS Repertory Theater, Linty Lucy, and Medea and the Doll at The Frank Silvera Writers Workshop and at The Samuel Beckett Theater with Morgan Freeman; the latter play was also produced at The Bushfire Theater in Philadelphia, twice at The North Carolina Black Repertory Theater and the Ivar Theater in Hollywood with Dick Williams directing and Ella Joyce starring in all three productions. It was also produced by The Jubilee Players in Fort Worth, Texas.
Other plays by Rudy Gray are Mischling, about black Germans in the Ruhr Valley during the Third Reich, and The Tellin’ Man, about a slave who spills the beans to his master about an impending slave rebellion on the plantation.
His screenplay rewrite, Solomon Northup: My Twelve Years as a Slave, was his baptism of fire in the film industry. This fast-paced rewrite of someone else's script made him a member of The Writers Guild!” The film was presented on Channel 13 by Past America Productions, now available on NetFlix; the Blockbuster Video title is Half Slave, Half Free.
Rudy’s sci-fi horror screenplay, Leviasting, the story of human-eating wasps, is making rounds in Hollywood.
His newest screenplay, The Reluctant Hero, about the 761st Tank Battalion (The original Black Panthers) during the waning days of World War II in Europe, was
a prize winner in The Exposurama Screenwriting Contest in the Historical Category. Here a young man finds his humanity as he goes through the horrors of war and performs feats of heroism, including helping to free the inmates of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
Currently, Rudy is working on turning Conversation with a Kleagle into a screenplay with Sandra Nordgren.
His first novel, D’N’D’, is published by iUniverse Press. Its theme is, “When the neighbors remain silent when wrongdoing takes place in their community, that’s when the neighborhood will go down.”
His second novel, Thank God for Mr. Chaney, published by iUniverse in 2012, is about a bitter teacher, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, who is assigned the role of taking on one of the worst students in the school who then becomes the most improved student in the school, raising the teacher’s status in the faculty. In fact, the teen behaves in school but, outside of school, engages in gold chain snatching. What happens to both when the truth comes out?
Rudy, with a Ph.D. in Drama, taught in the Thematic Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received his BA at CCNY, his Masters at Hunter College and his Doctorate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His main subjects of concern are the plight of the black man in America and the problems plaguing America’s educational system.
Rudy received a Certificate of Appreciation from Morris
Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center for his "iimportant contribution to the ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America.". His name was added to the Wall of Tolerance at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama.
Rudy is a member/playwright of Workshop Theater Company in New York City, Times Square Playwrights, Harlem Playwrights 21, Writers Guild of America-East, Dramatists Guild and is Playwright-in-Residence at 13th Street Repertory, NYC. He is also a member of The New York Teachers of English, The American Federation of Teachers and The Professional Staff Congress, the union for college professors in the CUNY system.
Sandra Nordgren is his literary representative.
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