Lance Ringel’s play In Love with the Arrow Collar Man was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 New York New Works Theatre Festival and went on to a successful run at Theatre 80 St. Marks in New York’s East Village, as well as 2019 performances at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in conjunction with The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His adaptation of his own novel Flower of Iowa was a Finalist in the 2018 New York New Works Theatre Festival. In his newest play, Flash/Frozen, he continues to explore significant historical events with the intention of illuminating lives that have been too quickly forgotten.
Ringel’s work for the stage has involved collaborative as well as individual writing. With his spouse of 44 years, composer Chuck Muckle, he wrote the book and lyrics for Animal Story, a musical for young audiences that was a 2017 New York New Works Theatre Festival Semi-Finalist. In addition, he has served as the principal writer of two theater pieces created for Vassar College. Vassar Voices, a staged reading highlighting 150 years of the college’s history, premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center, starring Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow, and Frances Sternhagen. It toured across America and to London. At Home in the World, directed by John Caird with original English narration by Ringel, incorporated music and dance as it spotlighted talented young performers from Japan, Uganda, and America. A joint production of Vassar and Japan’s Ashinaga Foundation, it was staged to sold-out houses in all three countries.