Robert Weibezahl is a playwright, novelist, occasional poet, and book critic.
His play, And Lightning Struck: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Creation, was commissioned by Lit Live and presented at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in California in 2017; his short play, “Mission,” debuted as part of the TENx10 Festival at the Bendigo Theatre Company in Australia in 2018; and he had full-length plays selected for staged readings in both 2018 (Which Way the Wind Blows) and 2019 (Hold On) as part of the Palisades Playwrights Festival in Los Angeles. Most recently, Which Way the Wind Blows was a finalist for the Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest 2019.
Weibezahl has published two novels, The Wicked and the Dead and The Dead Don’t Forget, two non-fiction books, A Taste of Murder and A Second Helping of Murder (for which he is a two-time Agatha Award finalist and two-time Macavity Award finalist). His poems have appeared in LI Quarterly, The Caterpillar (Ireland), Tipton Poetry Journal, The Fifty-Two, Enjambed, and Brushfire, and his short stories in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, CrimeSpree, Mouth Full of Bullets, Beat to a Pulp, and the anthology, Deadly by the Dozen. He was a finalist for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s 2010 Derringer Award for “Identity Theft.”
He has written the monthly review column, “Well Read,” for BookPage since 2002, and his reviews and cultural reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Reader, Ventura County Star, Mystery Readers Journal, Bikini, Irish America, and many other national and regional publications.
Weibezahl was the Co-Founder and former Co-Producing Artistic Director of the Thousand Oaks, CA-based Panic! Productions for which he produced, directed and/or acted in more than a dozen shows and wrote the scripts for three musical revues, Too Old, Too White, Too Male; The Panic! Holiday Radio Hour; and Coming Distractions. He has also worked as a play reader and associate producer for the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles and in various production capacities on feature films and television movies.
Robert Weibezahl lives in southern California and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.