Romulus Linney Biography (1930-)

Born September 21, 1930, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Romulus Zachariah and Maitland Thompson (Clabaugh) Linney; married Ann Leggett Sims, April 14, 1963 (divorced, 1966); married Margaret Jane Andrews (an actress), September 14, 1967; children: (first marriage) Laura; (second marriage) Susan. Addresses: Agent: Gilbert Parker, William Morris Agency, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
writer, director
Birth Details
September 21, 1930
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Work; Director
  • Holy Ghosts (also see below), Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, 1982-83.
  • Sand Mountain Matchmaking (also see below), Henry St. Settlement Theatre, 1989.
  • Director for F.M. (also see below), produced in Philadelphia, PA,1982.
  • Credits; Stage Plays
  • The Sorrows of Frederick (also see below), published by Harcourt,1966, produced at Mark Taper Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, 1967; one-act version, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY, as part of anthology '84 Shorts, 1984-1985.
  • Democracy and Esther (also see below), produced at H B Studio, 1969; produced as Democracy by Virginia Museum Theatre Repertory Company,Richmond, 1973-74, published as Democracy by Dramatists Play Service,1976.
  • The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks (also see below), producedat ANTA Theatre, New York City, 1972; one-act version, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1984-85, published in The Best Short Plays 1986, edited by Ramon Delgado, Applause, 1986.
  • Democracy and Esther [and] The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks, published by Harcourt, 1973.
  • Two by Linney (contains the plays The Seasons and Man'sEstate), produced by Equity Library Theatre, New York City, 1974.
  • Holy Ghosts (also see below), produced at Cubiculo Theatre, New York City, 1976, also produced at American Revels Company Theatre, Richmond, VA, 1979-80.
  • Childe Byron, produced by Virginia Museum Theatre Repertory Company, 1976-77, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1978; revised version produced at Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1981.
  • Holy Ghosts [and] The Sorrows of Frederick, published by Harcourt, 1977.
  • Old Man Joseph and His Family, produced at Colonnades Theatre Lab,1977-78, then at Chelsea Theatre Center, New York City, 1978, later at Chelsea Westside Theatre, New York City, 1978, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1978.
  • Tennessee (one-act; also see below), published by Dramatists PlayService, 1980.
  • El Hermano, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1981.
  • The Captivity of Pixie Shedman, produced at Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1981, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1981.
  • April Snow, produced at South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa,CA, 1982-83.
  • F.M. (also see below), produced in Philadelphia, PA, 1982, produced at Shandol Theatre, 1988.
  • The Death of King Philip, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisvilleas part of anthology '83 Shorts, 1983-84, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1984.
  • Laughing Stock (contains the plays Goodbye, Howard, F.M., and Tennessee), produced at Lion Theatre, 1984, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1984.
  • Wrath (part of The Show of the Seven Deadly Sins, includedin Faustus in Hell [adapted and directed by Nagle Jackson]), producedat McCarter Theatre, 1984-85.
  • A Woman without a Name, staged reading given at Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, CO, as part of anthology Primafacie I, 1984-85, produced at Denver Center Theatre Company, 1985-86, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1986.
  • Sand Mountain (includes the one-act plays Sand Mountain Matchmaking [also see below] and Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain [alsosee below]), produced at The Whole Theatre, Montclair, NJ, 1985-86, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1985.
  • Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain, produced by Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, as part of Christmas Mysteries, 1986-87.
  • Pops, produced at The Whole Theatre, 1986-87, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1987.
  • April Snow, produced at City Center Theatre, New York City, 1988.
  • Juliet, produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1988.
  • Heathen Valley (adapted from his novel of the same title; also seebelow), produced at Theater for the New City, New York City, 1988-89.
  • Precious Memories, produced at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1988-89.
  • 2 Plays, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1989-90.
  • Sand Mountain Matchmaking, produced at Henry St. Settlement Theatre, 1989.
  • Three Poets, produced at Theater for the New City, 1989.
  • Also author of Just Folks, 1978, Yzucey, 1988, and Gardens of Eden.
  • Credits; Television Plays
  • The Thirty-fourth Star, CBS, 1976.
  • Feelin' Good (series), PBS, 1976-77.
  • Credits; Novels
  • Heathen Valley, Atheneum, 1962.
  • Slowly, by Thy Hand Unfurled, Harcourt, 1965.
  • Jesus Tales, North Point Press, 1980.
  • Credits; Editor, With Norman A. Bailey And Domenick Cascio
  • Ten Plays for Radio, Burgess, 1954.
  • Radio Classics, Burgess, 1956.
  • Credits; Other
  • Contributor to literary periodicals.

Further Reference

Periodicals:

  • New York Times, December 3, 1989, p. H5.

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