Richard Nelson Biography (1950-)

Full name, Richard John Nelson; born October 17, 1950, in Chicago, IL; son ofRichard Finis (a sales representative) and Viola (a dancer; maiden name, Gabriel) Nelson; married Cynthia Blair Bacon, May 21, 1972; children: Zoe Elizabeth, Jocelyn Anne.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer
Birth Details
October 17, 1950
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Work
  • Director
  • (With Ted D'Arms) Between East and West, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, 1984
  • James Joyce's The Dead (musical), Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1999 then Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2000 later Geary Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 2001
  • Madame Melville, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 2000-2001
  • Franny's Way, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 2001
  • The General from America, Alley Theatre, Houston, 2001
  • Goodnight Children Everywhere, Geary Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Working in the Theatre, CUNY (New York City), 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • The Killing of Yablonski: Scenes of Involvement in a Current Event, produced at New Theatre for Now, Mark Taper Forum/Lab, Los Angeles, 1975 then PAF Playhouse, Huntington Station, NY, 1978 published in Plays by Richard Nelson: Early Plays, Volume 1.
  • Conjuring an Event, produced at Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum/Lab, 1976 then American Place Theatre, New York City, 1978 published inAn American Comedy and Other Plays, Performing Arts Journal (New YorkCity), 1986
  • Scooping (one-act monologue), produced at Arena Stage (now Fichandler Stage), Washington, DC, 1977 published in Plays by Richard Nelson: Early Plays, Volume 1.
  • The Vienna Notes, produced at Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis,1978 then Mainstage Theatre, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, later Mark TaperForum, and in Sheffield, England, all 1979 published in Wordplays 1,Performing Arts Journal, 1980 and in Plays by Richard Nelson: Early Plays,Volume 2.
  • Jungle Coup, produced at Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1978 published in Plays from Playwrights' Horizons, Broadway Play(New York City), 1987 and Plays by Richard Nelson: Early Plays, Volume 1.
  • Don Juan (adaptation of the work of Moliere), produced at Arena Stage, 1979 published by Broadway Play, 1989
  • The Suicide (adaptation of a work by Nikolai Erdman), produced atGoodman Theatre, 1980 then Arena Stage, 1980-1981
  • (Translator with Helen Ciulei) "The Wedding" (based on a work by BertoltBrecht), in The Marriage Dance: An Evening of Farce, produced at Lepercq Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1980 then Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, 1984
  • Bal, produced by Chicago Theatre Group, Goodman Theatre, Chicago,1980 published in An American Comedy and Other Plays, Performing ArtsJournal, 1986 and in Plays by Richard Nelson: Early Plays, Volume 2.
  • Il Campiello: A Venetian Comedy (adaptation of the play by Carlo Goldoni), produced at New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New YorkCity, 1981 published by Theatre Communications Group (New York City), 1981
  • Jungle of Cities (adaptation of a work by Bertolt Brecht), produced at Playhouse Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1981
  • Rip Van Winkle; or, "The Works," produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1981 published by Broadway Play, 1986
  • The Marriage of Figaro (adaptation of a work by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais based on a translation by Nelson), produced at Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1982 then Circle in the Square, New York City, 1985
  • The Return of Pinocchio, produced at Empty Space Theatre, Seattle,1983 then 47th Street Theatre, New York City, 1986 published in An American Comedy and Other Plays, Performing Arts Journal, 1986 and in Playsby Richard Nelson: Early Plays, Volume 2.
  • The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (adaptation of a work by Dario Fo as translated by Suzanne Cowan), produced at Kreeger Theatre, Arena Stage, then Belasco Theatre, New York City, both 1984 later produced in Philadelphia, PA, published by Samuel French (New York City), 1987
  • Between East and West (two-act), produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1984 then Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1987 published in New Plays USA 3, Theatre Communications Group, 1986
  • The Three Sisters (adaptation of the work by Anton Chekhov as translated by Nelson), produced at Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1984 then Goodman Theatre, 1995
  • An American Comedy, produced by Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, 1986 later produced by the Second Stage Theatre Company, New RepertoryTheatre, Newton Highlands, MA, and Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, both 2000 published in An American Comedy and Other Plays, Performing Arts Journal, 1986
  • Principia Scriptoriae, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, London, then Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, both 1986 published by Broadway Play, 1986
  • (Author of book for musical [with Tim Rice]) Chess (two-act), produced at Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1988 later Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, c. 1996 Barn Theatre, Montville, NJ, c. 1996-1997 Delgado Community College, New Orleans, 2000 and Temple University, Philadelphia, 2001 published by Samuel French, 1989
  • Roots in Water, produced at River Arts Repertory Theatre, Woodstock, NY, 1988 produced as a radio play, BBC-3, 1989
  • Jitterbugging (adaptation), produced in 1989
  • Sensibility and Sense (two-act), produced at Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1989 published by Faber, 1989
  • Some Americans Abroad, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989then Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, later Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, both 1990 later Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, MI, 1999 published by Faber, 1989
  • Two Shakespearean Actors, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1991 then Cort Theatre, New York City,1992
  • Columbus and the Discovery of Japan, produced by Royal ShakespeareCompany, Barbican Theatre, London, 1992
  • Life Sentences (expanded version of his television special "The End of a Sentence," American Playhouse), produced at Second Stage, New York City, 1993
  • (With Alexander Gelman) Misha's Party, produced at The Pit, London, 1993 then Main Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1997
  • New England, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1994 then Manhattan Theatre Club, 1995
  • The Imaginary Cuckold (adaptation of a part of The Moliere Comedies), produced at Roundabout Theatre, 1995
  • The School for Husbands (adaptation of a part of The Moliere Comedies), produced at Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • The Father (adaptation of a work by August Strindberg), produced at Criterion Center Stage, New York City, then Roundabout Theatre, 1996
  • The General from America, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1996 then Milwaukee Repertory Company.
  • Goodnight Children Everywhere, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1997 then London, 1998-1999 later Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, c. 1999
  • (And lyricist with Shaun Davey) James Joyce's The Dead (adaptationof the work by James Joyce), produced at Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1999then Belasco Theatre, 2000
  • Madame Melville (adaptation of a work by Charles Isherwood), produced at Vaudeville Theatre, London, 2000-2001 then Promenade Theatre, New YorkCity, 2001
  • Enrico IV (adaptation of work by Luigi Pirandello), produced at Geary Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 2001
  • Franny's Way, produced at Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 2001
  • With Colin Chambers, author of Kenneth's First Play (for children), Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Screenplays
  • Ethan Frome (based on the novel by Edith Wharton), Miramax, 1993
  • Television Movies
  • (With Elinor Karpf and Stephen Karpf) Terror in the Sky, CBS, 1971
  • Houston, We've Got a Problem, ABC, 1974
  • Television Specials
  • "Sensibility and Sense," American Playhouse, PBS, 1990
  • "The End of a Sentence," American Playhouse, PBS, 1991 expanded version produced as the theatrical play Life Sentences.
  • Television Episodes
  • Kojak, CBS, 1973
  • Radio Plays
  • Languages Spoken Here, BBC-3, 1987 published in Best Radio Plays of 1987, Methuen (London), 1988
  • Eating Words, BBC-3, 1989
  • Roots in Water (based on his theatrical play), BBC-3, 1989
  • Advice to Eastern Europe, 1990
  • The American Wife, 1994
  • Also the author of the radio plays The Fall of Agnew, Hank Aaron's 715th, The Unrequited Lovers' Manual, and Watergate: An Audio Memory, all WUHY-FM.
  • Collected Works
  • Also wrote Plays by Richard Nelson: Early Plays, Volume 1 (contains Conjuring an Event, Jungle Coup, The Killing of Yablonski, and Scooping), and Plays by Richard Nelson: Early Plays, Volume 2 (contains Bal, The Return of Pinocchio, and The Vienna Notes).
  • Other Writings
  • (Editor and contributor) Strictly Dishonorable and Other Lost AmericanPlays, Theatre Communications Group, 1986
  • (With David Jones) Making Plays: The Writer-Director Relationship in the Theater Today, edited by Colin Chambers, Faber, 1995
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Performing Arts Journal andPhiladelphia Drummer.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Chicago Tribune, May 5, 1988
    • Christian Science Monitor, November 20, 1984 April 16, 1986
    • Daily News (New York), November 16, 1984 October 11, 1985 April 10, 1986
    • Los Angeles Times, October 7, 1983
    • New York, April 15, 1985
    • New York Post, November 19, 1984 October 11, 1985 April 12, 1986
    • New York Times, February 21, 1978 March 21, 1978 November 16, 1984October 11, 1985 April 3, 1986 April 10, 1986 April 30, 1986 September 24, 1986 January 17, 1988 April 24, 1988 April 29, 1988 May 8, 1988
    • Time, April 28, 1986
    • Times (London), December 18, 1987
    • Wall Street Journal, November 20, 1984

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