Biography Unfairly accused of plagiarism age eight, I renounced poetry and decided to become a novelist. I almost finished my first novel but not before I developed agoraphobia. I decided to leave my desk and Work for the Literary Agency of Jan Van Loewen(Shaftesbury Avenue) whose clients included Jean Cocteau, Jean Anouilh and Peter Weiss. I was consequently lured into writing for the theatre. Theatre of the Absurd Agit-prop Annarchial English Comedy Existential Philosophy Great times for ravenous minds! The plot of my first play Henry's War was copied from a Friedrick Durrenmatt play and was chosen by David Wheeler of the Theatre Company of Boston, Mass. I naively believed I had 'arrived'. My second play was a commission for the Loeb Drama Center, Harvard University Mass. at the height of protest against the Vietnam war and the second wave of feminism, hence the title. Here is the poster. I'm afraid I do not have a program but it was directed by Geralyn Horton, who became a true friend and Jon Kaiser, another friend, both of whom are still active in theatre.
My third play was a complete departure. SPACED, set on a spaceship which had lost Earth, was a poetic response to the ‘eagle has landed ‘ with speaking parts for furniture and an ancient menhir. Philosophical and pretentious perhaps but Marilyn Arsem directed and wove a transcendent spell over the best of audiences, an experience which changed her mind about conventional theater forever. After directing my play, SPACED, she founded Mobius, Boston’s first experimental theater company.
My first commercial break came when I was chosen as a Eugone O’Neill Playwright, see below, for my play Angela Hitler