Edward Howe Mabley Biography (1906-)
Addresses: Home: 15 W. 72nd Street, New York, NY, 10023; Agent: BerthaKlausner, International Literary Agency, 71 Park, Avenue, New York, NY, 10016.
"In 1947, Mabley bought a 200-year-old farmhouse in northern Rockland County,where he lived until 1973. His hobby is travelling, and he has visited manyremote parts of the world. In 1937, when he joined the staff of Walter DorwinTeague, to work on exhibits for the New York World's Fair of 1940, he wrote and staged half a dozen major exhibits including the Ford Motor Company's A Thousand Times Neigh, which told the story of the coming of theautomobile from the point of view of the horse. The dancers assembled for this production became the nucleus of The New York City Ballet."
- playwright, director, educator
- Birth Details
- March 7, 1906
- Binghampton, New York
- Non-Theatrical Career
- Mayor of Pomona, NY, 1971; U.S. Navy civilian employee, New York, 1944-45; research writer for Walter Dorwin Teague, (an industrial designer), New York, NY, 1937-42.
- Plays, Produced
- Temper the Wind, with Leonard Mins, Playhouse Theatre, NY, 1946; Glad Tidings (original title: Sacred and Profane) Somerset Playhouse, MA, 1951, Lyceum, NY, 1951; Red Sky at Morning, with Joanna Roos, Olney Theatre, MD, 1953.
- Musical Plays, Produced
- The Mermaid in Lock No. 7 (jazz opera), music by Elie Siegmeister,American Wind Symphony, PA, 1958; Dick Whittington and His Cat (symphonic story for narrator and orchestra), music by Elie Siegmeister, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1967; I Have a Dream, (cantata based on speech by MartinLuther King), music by Elie Stiegmeister, New York, 1967; The Plough andthe Stars (grand opera, based on the play by Sean O'Casey), music byElie Siegmeister, Louisiana State University, 1969, Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux, France, 1970; Dublin Song, music by Elie Siegmeister, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1963, Night of the Moonspell (grandopera based on A Midsummer Night's Dream), music by Elie Siegmeister, Shreveport, LA, 1976; Bon Voyage, book and lyrics (adapted from play by Labiche), music by Vera Brodsky Lawrence, York Players, NY, 1977.
- Plays, Unproduced
- The Feathered Serpent; Doubleplay; Cross-Currents.
- Musical Plays Unproduced
- Piggy Bank Rag; The Twin Musicals; Monsieur Choufleuri.
- Play, Published
- Glad Tidings, 1952; Discrimination for Everybody (from hisradio play, Created Equal), 1948; Spring Journey, with Joanna Roos, 1950; June Dawn, with Dorothy Evans, 1949.
- Musical Plays, Published
- Dick Whittington and His Cat; I Have a Dream; The Mermaid in Lock No.7; Monsieur Chofleuri.
- Musical Plays Unpublished
- The Plough and the Stars; Night of the Moonspell.
- Television Shows
- The Silver Cord (adaptation of Sidney Howard's play of the same title), 1949; Laburnum Grove (adaptation of J. B. Priestley's play), 1949; Borderline of Fear, with Joanna Roos, 1950; The Box Supper, with music by Otis Clements, 1950; Jasper, with music by OtisClements, 1950; The O'Neills, with Ruth Friedlich, 1949-50; TheWoman at High Hollow, 1958.
- Television Shows, Published
- Borderline of Fear, The Best Television Plays of 1951.
- Radio Shows
- Borderline of Fear (beamed behind the Iron Curtain by U.S. State Department), 1951; Created Equal, 1947; author of more than 50 producedplays for radio and television.
- Books, Published
- The Motor Balloon "America;" Dramatic Construction.
- Theatre-Related Career
- Manager/Puppeteer, Tatterman Marionettes, Cleveland, OH; free-lance writer and director, New York, 1945-52; television director, CBS, 1952-69, NBC, 1969; Instructor, Playwriting, under John Gassner, New School for Social Research, 1946-present.