Don Chaffer

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Don Chaffer (composer/lyricist/co-producer) has had a band (Waterdeep) with his wife (Lori) since 1996. After getting off the road in 2003, he produced records, ran a recording studio, and had a songwriting deal. In 2007, he started writing for theater. Since then, he’s written three shows with Chris Cragin-Day (The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby, Son of a Gun, The Zombie Family Musical), three with Lori Fischer (The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers; Is This Heaven, Evan?; Memory of Damage), and one on his own (The (Almost) Unforgettable Edwin Booth). He’s also co-created two theatrical revues with Matt Logan (The Hank Legacy, The Cash Legacy), was selected for the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, won the Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award, is a two-time Richard Rodgers Award finalist, and has two ASCAP awards.

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Chris Cragin-Day (Book) NYC Credits: Off-Bway Martin Luther on Trial (w/ Max McLean); A Woman 59E59th Summer Shorts; The Unusual Tale (w/ Don Chaffer) NYC Fringe; Son of a Gun (w/ Don Chaffer) Firebone Theatre; Emily Firebone Theater; The Selfish Giant (w/ Michael Castillejos) Firebone Theatre; Deadheading Roses Firebone Theatre. Regional Credits: Martin Luther on Trial 2017/2018 National Tours; Foster Mom Premiere Stages; Tornado Luna Stage; The Unusual Tale River and Rail Theater; They Know Something We Don’t No Passport Theater; Esther Spark & Echo Arts; A War in a Manger ArtWithin.Readings/Workshops: The River Nun The Public Theater; Son of a Gun Joe’s Pub; A Woman (full-length) The Sheen Center; The Rare Biosphere Luna Stage, Sea Dog Theater, Baylor University; The Zombie Family Musical  (w/ Don Chaffer) The King’s College. Awards/Honors: Public Theater EWG, O’Neill NMTC, Premiere Stages New Play Award,  Richard Rogers Award Finalist. Other: Assoc. Prof. Theater The King's College.