The first recorded use of the term "playwright" is from 1605, 73 years before the first written record of the term "dramatist". It appears to have been first used in a pejorative sense by Ben Jonson to suggest a mere tradesman fashioning works for the theatre. Jonson uses the word in his Epigram 49, which is thought to refer to John Marston :
A playwright is a person who writes plays for the stage. Because the name of such a text is drama, another word for this person is dramatist. Sometimes, dramas are written to be read and not played. In that case, they are called closet dramas.
William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard").
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Robert Patrick is an American playwright, poet, lyricist, short story writer, and novelist. He was born Robert Patrick O'Connor in Kilgore, Texas.
O'Connor was born to migrant workers in Texas. Because his parents constantly moved around the southwestern United States looking for work, he never went to one school for a full year until his senior year of high school, in Roswell, New Mexico. Books, film, and radio were the only constants in his early life. His mother made sure he learned to read, and arranged for him to start school a year early. He lacked friendships due to the constant moving, and didn't do well in school. He dropped out o
Patrick has written and published over sixty plays.
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Jason Miller was an American playwright and actor. He received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play for his play That Championship Season and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Father Damien Karras in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist, a role he reprised in The Exorcist III. He later became artistic director of the Scranton Public Theatre in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where That Championship Season was set. Jason Miller Mil
Miller was born John Anthony Miller Jr. in Queens, New York City to Mary Claire, a teacher, and John Anthony Miller Sr., an electrician. His ancestry was primarily Irish Catholic, with some German.
Miller attracted fame in 1972 by winning a Pulitzer Prize for his play, That Championship Season, which also won the 1973 Tony Award for Best Play. The original Broadway cast featured Charles Durning, Richard Dysart, and Paul Sorvino. That same year, he was offered the role of the troubled priest, Father Damien Karras, in William Friedkin's horror film The Exorcist, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. After his nomination for The Exorcist, he was offered th
Miller was the father of actors Jason Patric and Joshua John Miller.
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Peter Richard Nichols CBE FRSL was an English playwright, screenwriter, director and journalist.
Born in Bristol, England, he was educated at Bristol Grammar School, and served his compulsory National Service as a clerk in Calcutta and later in the Combined Services Entertainment Unit in Singapore where he entertained the troops alongside John Schlesinger, Stanley Baxter, and Kenneth Williams, before going on to study acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He later claimed to have studied acting because there were no dedicated courses for playwrights. While he was working as a teache
His plays include: 1. Promenade, an original play for television 2. Ben Spray, an original play for television 3. The Hooded Terror 4. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg 5. The Gorge, a play in The Wednesday Play series, 6. The National Health 7. Forget-Me-Not-Lane 8. Chez Nous 9. Harding's Luck 10. The Freeway 11. Privates on Parade 12. Born in the Gardens 13. Passion Play 14. Poppy 15. A Piece of My Mind 16. Blue Murder 17. So Long Life 18. Nicholodeon 19. Lingua Franca
'Whatever interest my life may have had must have been exhausted. Yet there were better reasons than vanity – I needed the advance the publishers offered, which was far more generous than any given to me for a play; the theatre itself, once so alluring, now seemed past its best, the wrinkles showing, the kisses dry and dutiful; it would be a bitter pleasure to describe my disenchantment and blame the people who'd done me down; and if I didn't write a book about me, it was clear no one ...
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other people with the same name, see Michael Stewart. Michael Stewart (August 1, 1924 – September 20, 1987) was an American playwright and librettist for the stage.