Frederick Bailey Biography (1946-)
Addresses: Home: 1569 N. Topanga Canyon, Topanga, CA, 90290.
SIDELIGHTS: "My wish is to direct primarily my own plays. Up until 1974-75, I never directed my own plays. Usually directed other people's plays (new, revivals, classics including much Shakespeare). If one of my plays was done I recruited another director. In '74, however, working with new plays at The Warehouse Theatre in OKC, there was no other director I could recruit and so I started directing my own work. I discovered how enjoyable this was. I do not feel that I must direct my own plays. There are some of them that I would never wish to direct, such as The Bridgehead. I feel most comfortable with my more farcical pieces. In my work, I am interested in studying human behavior, under pressure, in isolation. That is, pure human behavior, removed from outside influences of our modern media age. How people behavewhen what's internal becomes external. All my plays have this common theme. My purpose would be to demonstrate that there is another life, on this planet, in this dimension of consciousness. I believe that creative, intuitive intelligence gives us the opportunity to alter the destiny of the human species by uplifting and expanding Human Consciousness, Human Awareness, through social mutuality. Maybe the uplift will be minuscule, infinitesimal, but that is the attempt. The hope is that it will also be fun."
- playwright, director, actor
- Birth Details
- November 7, 1946
- Dallas, Texas
- Al, Tea and Sympathy, Theatre Three, Dallas, TX, 1964.
- New York Debut Directed
- The Garden Of Forking Paths, New York Theatre Ensemble, 1970.
- London Debut Playwright
- Gringo Planet, Gate, 1982.
- Film Debut Actor
- Small speaking role, Gasss!, 1970.
- Theatre-related Career
- Founding member, Canyon Pictures (live theatre, motion picture productioncompany) with partners, Beth Henley, Stephen Tobolowsky, William Utay, BruceWright, William B. Steis, and Joe Clark.
- Staff Associate Director, Forestburgh Summer Theatre, Monticello, NY, 1972; Guest Director, 1973, Resident Director, The Major's Inn, Gilbertsville, NY, 1974; Staff Associate Director, 1968-69, Guest Director, 1974, Managing Director, The Warehouse Theatre, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1974-76; extensive free-lance directing off-off Broadway at The New York Theatre Ensemble, ThePlaybox, New York, 1970-73.
- Plays, Published
- The Bridgehead, 1973; Gringo Planet, 1974; Rio Pork,1975; Lonesome Canyon, 1978; Midnight in Topanga, 1980; NoScratch, 1981; Walkie Talkie, 1982.
- One Act Plays, Published
- Set It Down with Gold on Lasting Pillars, 1972; The Hooded Gnome, 1975; Dirty Ugly People & Their Stupid Meaningless Lives.
- Polish Android, 1970; screenplay, Vindicator, (tentative title), 1983.
- Short Stories Published
- Bare-Shouldered Gal, 1981; The Drone of Wings, 1981; Oswald's Back Alley, 1981; The Last White Main Sight, 1982.