Playwright / Screenwriter


Heartland, a drama by Gabriel Jason Dean


-2018 National new play network rolling world premiere


"HEARTLAND lifts the veil between Western and Middle Eastern culture in a riveting triumphs in its directness and power..." -- Rochester Democrat & Chronicle USA Today Network
"...a beautiful and profound play...Gabriel Jason Dean takes a disturbingly real historic event and weaves a tale that transcends borders and time....not-to-be-missed." -- Beyond the Nest

Dr. Harold Banks is a retired professor of Comparative Literature and Afghan Studies, waiting for his adopted daughter to return from teaching in Afghanistan, her native country. When Nazrullah, an Afghan refugee, suddenly arrives on his Nebraska doorstep armed only with his daughter’s copies of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Old Man and the Sea – the two men become unlikely roommates. Set in both Maidan Shar, Afghanistan and Omaha, Nebraska Heartland is the story of a father, his determined daughter, and a journey towards mercy.

Cast size: 2 men / 1 woman.  Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes w/o intermission