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Theodore Bikel

Thora Birch, Ed Asner and the author

A young waif tricks an elderly widower into learning

how to forgive his transgressions and begin


"Stuart Warmflash's new play Czar of Nothingness is that wonderful theatrical combination of wild comedy overlaying a core of seriousness. It is both a farce and a character study with clever dialogue that is often very funny. The characters have moments of self discovery that will change them forever."

Anna Wentworth



“Rich characters a joy to watch…Czar of Nothingness offers the kind of meaty roles actors dream about. I could listen to these wonderfully rich characters chatting and playing chess for hours...Warmflash gets his characters right on. The magic of Czar of Nothingness lies in what the characters share while seated across from one another at the chess board."

Beth Jones



"The (chess) pawn is the most obvious symbol in a script filled with expertly drawn symbolism. The script by Stuart Warmflash also includes great comedy with intriguing characters embroiled in a lively and compelling plot."

Rob Hopper



"It a real simple formula - find a good director, find a good play, find a good cast - suddenly you've got a night to remember. Stuart Warmflash has written quite a play!"

Dale Morris



Produced to critical acclaim at the Mill Mountain Playhouse, January of 2002


Produced by Actors in the Gym (North Miami Beach,FL)


Presented with Ed Asner and Thora Birch at FirstStage, Hollywood, CA


Presented with Theodore Bikel and Kathleen Early at John Drew/East Hampton, NY

Presented by the San Diego Actors Alliance (Sledgehammer – dir: Brendon Fox

A winner/Public Reading; the Chamber Theatre Festival (Pulse Ensemble Theatre – NYC)

One of three finalists, John Golden Award (TheatreFest/Montclair, NJ - $500)


Finalist in the FutureFest Contest (Dayton Playhouse)

Finalist - Ashland New Plays Festival


Finalist Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s Festival of New Plays 2002-3


Finalist for the 2000 Paul Green Playwrights Competition (Bizet's Locket won first prize in 1999)


Finalist for the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition (Halle Theatre, Cleveland)

Public reading  -CAP 21/NYC - Barbara Wolff Reading Series


Public reading at The Abingdon Theatre (NYC)


Public reading at Urban Stages (NYC)

Public reading - Hudson River Classics (NY)


Public reading produced by Algonquin Productions (NYC)


Semi-finalist - New Play Project of the Backdoor Theatre


Quarter-Finalist in the NCWA 2001 (New Century Writer Awards) competition


Honorable Mention in 2001 Writer's Digest Competition

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