‘Them’, ‘Mindhunter’, ‘The OA’ Writer Was 57 – Deadline

Dominic Orlando, a prolific playwright on the Off Broadway and regional theater scenes who more recently turned to such television series as Amazon’s Them and Netflix’s mindhunter and the OA, died Nov. 17 of cancer complications in Washington D.C. He was 57.

His death was announced by his family and CAA.

A Brooklyn native, Orlando began his career in downtown New York City theater in the early 1990s before moving to Minneapolis, where he continued to write plays. During Jerome and McKnight Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, he co-founded another theater company, the Workhaus Collective, where he wrote and directed plays including A short play about globalization (2007), The feeling of what should be (2009) and A short play about 9/11 (2011).

After moving to Los Angeles, Orlando wrote for series like She, the OA, Mindhunter and night flyers. According to his family, he has also contributed to a few upcoming series: Amazon’s Out of range and FXs refuge.

Orlando received two WGA Award nominations: In 2016 for the OA episode “Mirror Mirror” and in 2020 for mindhunter.

According to his family, “Several hours before he died, he sat down at the dinner table and rushed into the first day of a writer’s room for a TV show. He lived his life the way he lived and did what he loved, full of the passion he always had for our human ability to reach each other through language and story.”

Orlando is survived by his mother, Lillian, his brothers John and Steven; Steven’s wife Sarah; and extended family.

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