Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Kevin O'Morrison Biography ((?)-)
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"I began to write in an attempt to impose a moment's order upon the disorderly time and circumstance I live in. The attempts have not always succeededin illuminating the material at hand the first time out. Sometimes not the second time out. Nor, sometimes, the third. Being stubborn, I keep at the material, which produces lots of paper, no end of copyrights, and re-establishesconfusion, by making hash of play-chronology: i.e. to the question: 'Whatwas your first play?'--the only honest answer is, 'I can't really answer that.' The reason being, my first play was also something like my third play, my fifth, my seventh, and just lately, is my 'latest'.Two drafts of those attempts at harnessing historical material have had productions: one amateur (academic), one professional. A totally obsolete text wasnicely published, and except as a literary curiosity--has no dramatic relevance to the material as it now stands (although the latest version contains--in addition to new characters--all of the ones in the first version). If thisis confounding, all I can say is that, to me, it is fun. As well as being myprofession and my calling."
- playwright, actor
- Firk, Shoemakers' Holiday, Little Theatre, St. Louis, MO, 1936.
New York Debut
- Walk-on, Julius Caesar, Mercury, 1938.
Principal Stage Appearances
- Ed, Winged Victory, 44th Street, NY, 1943-44; Fergus, Deirdre of the Sorrows, Gate, NY, 1959; Doctor, The Rose Tattoo, City Center, Billy Rose, NY, 1966.
- Ed, Winged Victory, national tour, 1944-45; Second Helping,east coast tour, 1940; stage manager for Sing, Man, Sing, east coasttour, 1956.
- Sgt. Chuck Vincent, Dear Ruth, 1946.
Principal Film Appearances
- Moore, The Set Up, 1949; Red Dawson, The Young Lovers, 1950; Bob Gilmore, The Golden Gloves Story, 1950; Bank Manager, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, 1973.
- Charlie Wild, Charlie Wild, Private Detective, 1950-51.
Principal Television Appearances
US Steel Hour; Philco Playhouse; Treasury Men In Action; Rocky King; Man Against Crime; Judge Sirica, Watergate Coverup Trial.
The Long War, 1967; The Morgan Yard, O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, 1971, Cleveland Playhouse, 1973-74, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, England, 1974, Olympia, Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland, 1974, Missouri Repertory Company, 1976, University of Utah, 1981; AParty for Lovers, 1982; Ladyhouse Blues, O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, 1976, Phoenix, NY, Dallas Theatre Center,TX, 1976, Playwrights Horizons, Queens Festival Playhouse, NY, 1979, St. Clements, NY, 1979-80, American Stage Festival, NH, 1983, Norwegian National Theatre, Norway, 1981; Dark Ages (two one-acts) On Line/On Ice, Impossible Ragtime Theatre, NY, 1979-80.
- The Mutilators; The Old Missouri Jazz.
The House of Paper, 1959; And Not a Word More, 1960; A Sign for Autumn, 1962.
- Artist in residence at more than 30 colleges and universities including University of Minnesota, Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, University ofMontana, Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education. Visiting Professor of Professional Theatre, University of Missouri at Kansas City, MO, 1976.
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