Scott Organ


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80 minutes, Full-length


by Scott Organ

17 MINUTES is the length of time Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Rubens stood outside of a school while a shooter was inside. The play 17 Minutes explores the communal and residual effects of a shooting through Andy, a man who struggles with his own complicity in the tragedy, and who seeks meaning in the wake of the shooting.

Production Notes:

17 Minutes had its New York premiere at the Barrow Group Theater (Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, Co-Artistic Directors; Robert Serrell, Executive Director), opening on January 22, 2020. It was directed by Seth Barrish. The scenic design was by Edward T. Morris, the lighting design by Solomon Weisbard, the costume design by Matsy Stinson, the sound design by Emma Wilk, and props by Addison Heeren. The stage manager was Allison Raynes.

The cast was as follows: ANDY RUBENS - Larry Mitchell, VIRGIL MORRIS - Brian Rojas, SAMANTHA RUBENS - DeAnna Lenhart, MARY - Shannon Patterson, DAN - Michael Giese CECILIA - Lee Brock

17 Minutes is "brilliant... a work of empathy and startling compassion." – Theater Pizzazz

" There’s something about the stark honesty of 17 Minutes... that lends the play a kind of grace. This is an extraordinary piece of theater that should be widely seen. " –

17 Minutes "accomplishes what the theatre does best: It presents this issue not as an emotionally fraught intellectual argument, but as a complicated and compassionate human drama." " – Talkin' Broadway


Scott Organ

Scott Organ is a New York city based playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been performed and workshopped throughout the United States, Europe and South America and have been commissioned by The Atlantic Theater Company and developed by theaters including The Barrow Group, The New Group, Page 73, South Coast Rep, and the Gulfshore Playhouse. Scott’s plays 17 Minutes and The Thing With Feathers premiered Off-Broadway at The Barrow Group. His play Phoenix premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and was subsequently produced at The Barrow Group and through Rattlestick at Cherry Lane Theater with Julia Stiles. Phoenix has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish and French. His writing has been featured in Arts In The Armed Forces, performed by Laura Linney and Dianne Wiest. Scott adapted his play The Thing with Feathers into the feature film ROOST, directed by Amy Redford. Scott is a writer on the short films Playdate (TriBeCa Film Festival, London City International Film Festival - 3rd place, Vimeo Staff Pick) The Board (TriBeCa Film Festival) and The One (Palm Springs International Film Festival.) Scott is an alum of Page 73’s Interstate 73 writer’s group and a member of the Dramatists Guild....[FULL BIO]

The Barrow Group's 2020 production, photos by Joey Moro