Ravetch wrote and directed
The Astronomer, which was performed at The
Pasadena Playhouse with Academy Award winner
Shirley Jones in the title role (after receiving a workshop production at the NoHo Arts Center Theatre). The play came on the heels of the whimsical project Ravetch co-wrote with stage and screen icon
Dick Van Dyke,
Step in Time! A Musical Memoir.
 Ravetch directed the world premiere production of the play at The Geffen Playhouse with Van Dyke starring. Ravetch collaborated with actress/writer
Carrie Fisher, co-creating and directing her in
Wishful Drinking Ms. Fisher's one-woman-show at Los Angeles'
 It enjoyed an extended run on Broadway at Studio 54 and was adapted into a special for HBO. Mr. Ravetch was collaborating with Ms. Fisher on the sequel to
Wishful Drinking that was to be titled,
Wishful Drinking Strikes Back, a Geffen Playhouse commission at the time of her death.
Ravetch recently wrote and directed a workshop production of his new play,
Chasing Mem'ries: A Play With Music, collaborating with legendary lyricists
Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Tyne Daly and
Robert Forster starred in the production. Norman Lear said, "If there were a Tony Award for a yet-to-be-fully-produced-play, “Chasing Mem’ries” would have my vote. In the play, Tyne Daly earns my Tony of the Decade award. This is a touching, luscious, triumphant piece of theater!”
Chasing Mem'ries was just awarded the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and is to receive a world premiere production at the Geffen Playhouse in November of this year.
Ravetch also co-created and directed
Onward: The Diana Nyad Story, chronicling the life of long-distance swimmer
Diana Nyad as she ultimately succeeded in being the only person ever to swim 111 miles from Cuba to Florida. The play opened in Key West at The Studios of Key West, just one mile from where Diana made landfall at Smathers Beach after the fifty-four-hour non-stop swim. Diana Nyad performed live in the play, which is to tour next year. Ravetch also wrote and directed
Go Figure!, starring Olympic champion ice skater
Randy Gardner and featuring his lifelong skating partner
Tai Babilonia, with ice skating royalty
Dorothy Hamill. The play was hailed as an astonishing and riveting look at the world of Olympic ice skating during the Cold War. Gardner, Babilonia, and Hamill are taking the play to the Delaware Theatre Company later this year. In addition, Ravetch's critically acclaimed play,
One November Yankee, performed by Loretta Swit and Harry Hamlin, was optioned as a movie by
Pam Williams Productions.
Also at The Geffen Playhouse, Ravetch wrote and directed a workshop production of his play
Writer's Cramp with Oscar nominee
Robert Forster, Emmy winner and Tony nominee
Holland Taylor, and Tony nominee
Douglas Sills. His other credits include
Periscope Up directed by Star Trek veteran, Jonathan Frakes. Ravetch also directed Clifford Odets'
The Big Knife; Thomas Babe's
Prayer For My Daughter; John Patrick's
Hasty Heart and Ira Levin's
Deathtrap which garnered five Drama Logue Awards including awards for Director and Production.
Ravetch's other playwriting credits include
Girders at Los Angeles' Coast Playhouse starring
Robert Forster, which won the coveted Odets Award. Forster also starred in workshop productions of Ravetch's plays
Off Sides with
Olympia Dukakis and
His other plays include
Stefanie Powers at the NoHo Arts Center, and he co-wrote
One From the Hart, Powers' one-woman show which opened at the Orange County Performing Arts Centre. Also at The Coast Playhouse, Ravetch directed Bart Baker's play,
Love Acts, with actress/supermodel
Beverly Johnson. Johnson was nominated for the NAACP Image award for her performance.
Ravetch's television credits include
Joan of Arcadia,
Titan for TNT,
Horseshoe Bay for
Warner Brothers, and
Yesterday for Laura Ziskin Productions.
Miramax recently purchased his play
Off Sides as a feature film.
In addition to his writing life, Ravetch held the post of SVP of Production Resources at New Line Cinema and is currently working with Amblin Partners and Alcon Pictures. In all, Ravetch has worked on over 100 feature films in his capacity as the head of Production Resources including
Mission Impossible, the
Austin Powers trilogy,
The Wolf of Wallstreet,
World War Z,
The Guilt Trip,
Sex and the City,
Office Christmas Party, and is currently working on
Ghost in the Shell with
Scarlett Johansson and
Blade Runner 2049 with
Harrison Ford and