Des McAnuff Biography (1952-)

Born June 19, 1952, in Princeton, NJ; son of John Nelson and Ellen Boyd; married Susan Berman (an actress), January 1, 1984; children: Julia Violet. Addresses: Office: La Jolla Playhouse, P.O. Box 12039, La Jolla, CA 92037.;Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, playwright, producer
Birth Details
June 19, 1952
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Except Where Indicated
  • The Crazy Locomotive, Chelsea Theatre Center, Brooklyn Academy ofMusic, Brooklyn, NY, then Theatre Four, New York City, both 1977
  • Gimme Shelter, Dodger Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1978
  • Leave It to Beaver Is Dead, New York Shakespeare Festival, PublicTheatre, New York City, 1979
  • Holeville, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1979
  • Henry IV, Part I, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • How It All Began, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1981
  • Mary Stuart, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1981
  • The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1982
  • Macbeth, Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Stratford, Ontario, 1983
  • Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, La Jolla Playhouse,La Jolla, CA, then American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, both 1984 , retitled Big River, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Shout Up a Morning, La Jolla Playhouse, then Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 1986
  • (And producer) A Walk in the Woods, La Jolla Playhouse, then YaleRepertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1987 , later Booth Theatre, New York City,1988
  • The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey, La Jolla Playhouse, thenSt. James Theatre, New York City, both 1993
  • How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, La Jolla Playhouse, then Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • High Society, St. James Theatre, 1998
  • Also directed As You Like It, Down the Road, Elmer Gantry, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Gillette, Macbeth, A Mad World My Masters, The Matchmaker, Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Seagull, TheThree Sisters, Twelfth Night, and Two Rooms, Eighty Days,all La Jolla Playhouse; producer of My Children! My Africa!
  • Major Tours
  • Director, A Walk in the Woods, Moscow, U.S.S.R., and Lithuanian cities, 1989-90
  • Film Work
  • Unit director, Renaissance Man, 1994
  • Director, Cousin Bette, Fox Searchlight, 1998
  • Executive producer, The Iron Giant, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Executive producer, Quills, Fox Searchlight, 2000
  • Director, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Universal, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Director, A Walk in the Woods, PBS, 1989
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Who's Tommy: The Amazing Journey, The Disney Channel, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • Leave It to Beaver Is Dead, New York Shakespeare Festival, PublicTheatre, 1979
  • The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1982
  • The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey, La Jolla Playhouse, thenSt. James Theatre, New York City, both 1993
  • Has also written the stage plays A Lime in the Morning, SilentEdward, and Troll.
  • Stage Music
  • Leave It to Beaver Is Dead, New York Shakespeare Festival, PublicTheatre, 1979
  • Songwriter, Holeville, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1979
  • The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1982
  • Film Music
  • Song, "The Other Side of Heaven," Cousin Bette, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998
  • Television Music
  • Theme music, A Walk in the Woods, PBS, 1989
  • Other
  • Contributing editor, American Theatre.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Back Stage West, June 18, 1998, p. 4.

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