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O'Reilly Theater: Playwrights and directors :

Sunday, December 05, 1999

In 24 seasons, through June 1999, the Public produced 137 mainstage shows (including one non-subscription extra). The most popular playwrights have been:

SHAKESPEARE, 8 productions of 7 plays.

AUGUST WILSON, 7 of 6 plays.

ATHOL FUGARD AND TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, 4 each.

COWARD, CHEKHOV, SHAW AND ALBEE, 3 each.

The 137 shows include 13 by black playwrights. Seven were by women, unless we include three partial writer credits on musicals. Speaking of musicals, PPT has done 13.



A powerful force often not considered by audiences is the director. They tend to work in streaks. Not surprisingly, the three most used were PPT artistic directors -- and artistic director designate Ted Pappas also has a good head start.

LARRY ARRICK (artistic director 1982-84), 13 shows (1982-86)

EDDIE GILBERT (artistic director 1993-99), 13 (1993-99). Two more shows in 1999-2000 will move him to the top of the list with 15.

BEN SHAKTMAN (artistic director 1975-82), 12 (1975-81)

LEE SANKOWICH, 10 (1985-93)

CLAUDE PURDY, 6 (1989-94)

TED PAPPAS, above, (artistic director designate), 6 (1994-99)

PHILIP MINOR, 5 (1984-89)

PETER BENNETT, 5 (1984-92)

JOHN GOING, 4 (1975-79)

TERRY SCHREIBER, 4 (1978-79)

SUSAN EINHORN, 4 (1984-96)

MEL SHAPIRO, 4 (1983-91)

MAUREEN HEFFERNAN, 4 (1988-94)

In all, 14 shows had black directors. (Claude Purdy is the only black director to have directed a non-black play, "Night of the Iguana.") Just 11 were directed by women.



PRESIDENTS OF THE BOARD

MARGARET G. RIECK , 1975-77

J.G. MORBER , 1978

RICHARD K. MEANS, 1979-83

DAVID W. HUNTER, 1984-85

JAMES C. RODDEY, 1986-88

JOSEPH M. WYMARD, 1989-91

RICHARD H. DANIEL, 1992-96

WILLIAM E. HUNT , 1996-2000

ANTHONY L. BUCCI, 2000-



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