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David Ives
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Polish Joke and Other Plays

Time Flies and Other Short Plays
David Ives was born in Chicago in 1950 and educated at Northwestern University and Yale School of Drama. A 1995 Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, he is probably best known for his evening of one-act comedies called All in the Timing, which ran for over 600 performances off-Broadway and was subsequently presented in many cities here and abroad. The show won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award, was included in "The Best Plays of 1993-94," and in the 1995-96 season was the most-performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions. It has been translated into German, French, Italian, Brazilian and other languages.

Another evening of short comedies, Mere Mortals, enjoyed a long off-Broadway run in 1997-98. A third evening of one-acts called Lives Of The Saints has premiered in Philadelphia. Vintage has published a volume of David Ives' short comedies under the title All in the Timing: Fourteen Short Plays. A follow-up anthology has appeared from GroveAtlantic titled Time Flies: Thirteen Short Plays. Four of David Ives's short comedies have been included in the "Best Short Plays of the Year" volumes.

Among David Ives' full-length plays are Polish Joke, Ancient History, Don Juan in Chicago, The Red Address and The Land of Cockaigne (the last four are available from Dramatists Play Service). He wrote the libretto to an opera based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, and the book for the musical Make Someone Happy with Phyllis Newman, using the songs of Comden and Green. He has adapted nine classic American musicals for the celebrated Encores! series at City Center, he adapted Cole Porter and Moss Hart's Jubilee for Carnegie Hall, in 1996 he wrote Ira Gershwin's 100th birthday celebration for Carnegie Hall, and in 1997 he adapted David Copperfield's Dreams and Nightmares for Broadway.

His children's novel, Monsieur Eek, has been published by HarperCollins. David Ives has also written short fiction and humor pieces for Spy Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine and the Hudson Review. Several of his humor pieces have been included in the HarperPerennial anthology "Mirth Of A Nation." He has taught playwriting and screenwriting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and at Columbia University.

He lives in New York City and is currently at work with composer/lyricist Jim Steinman on Batman: The Musical and Dance Of The Vampires, a musical which will come to Broadway in fall 2002.

(The following article was originally published in Zoetrope Magazine's November 2000 Theatre issue:)

"Why Write For Theatre," by David Ives

In the high school I attended, we had an extraordinary tradition which I doubt existed in many other American schools. This was an all-boys Catholic seminary sandwiched among Chicago's Lithuanian, Irish, and black neighborhoods. Discipline was strong, the syllabus demanding. We would-be priests were groomed for gravitas.

Paradoxically, at the end of a student's fourth year, he could take part in creating and performing in what was called "The Senior Mock," a show that sent up the school's faculty. All the students attended, near-riotously, and it was considered bad form for a faculty member not to be present. The school's hard-nosed rector had to clear the script beforehand, but he censored only obscenities, stetting even the most merciless satirical slices. I myself played Mr. Hild, the chain-smoking English teacher who coached the track team (while smoking); I also wrote a song mocking a particularly free-thinking religion teacher and sang it, a cappella, in front of a crowd of 600. My classmate Frank Boyle, otherwise somber, portrayed that same hard-nosed rector in a bald cap which he shined onstage with Turtle Wax.

I wrote my first play when I was nine, but somehow the Senior Mock not only focused my attention on theatre in a new way, it gathered up_I now see_all the threads that have gone into theatre since Aeschylus. No show I've been involved with in the 30 years since then has been more fundamentally theatrical, or has been fundamentally different. We adolescents didn't stop to think we were doing the same thing as Aristophanes in 400 B.C. We just wanted, desperately and joyously, to mirror the world we'd come to know in our four years together, to have a say about it, to hint what we'd change about it, and to celebrate what had made us laugh about it before we left it at graduation. A dozen of us labored over this entertainment we were spinning out of thin air as though we were to going to perform it for kings, though we had nothing to gain but glory among our peers_a rich box-office take, since you have to be an idiot to do theatre for gold. We were making theatre for the best and purest of human reasons: for love. For the hell of it. For fun.

That same year I saw a matinee of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" and, even as I sat there agape in the balcony, I knew there could be no better or more exciting calling. I left the path to the priesthood and forked onto the road to playwriting.

If you want to work in the art form that most profoundly sets up a glass to human life, then the theatre is for you. After all, the world doesn't present itself to us as printed words, or pigment on canvas, or sculpted marble or bronze, or dancers moving to music, or fixed two-dimensionally on looping celluloid, but as human bodies moving three-dimensionally in space and in real time, talking to each other or to us or to themselves, working something out to the music of the human voice. I've never thought it just an accident that humanity's greatest genius manifested himself in the theatre. (And Hamlet in 1602 probably looked little better than our Senior Mock of 1968.) Our lives happen in voices: in inner monologue and outer dialogue, in scenes of interwoven tension and resolution with comic byplay. As drama. As comedy. As a live, local, handmade event. As theatre.

All social interaction is inescapably political, and if you're looking to work in a social (and political) art form, then the theatre is also for you. Again, it can't be a coincidence that Western drama was born in ancient Athens at exactly the same moment as democracy, because theatre and democracy germinate from the same idea: that it's good for people to put their differences aside and pool their talents and experience so that out of mutual collaboration something fine_ maybe something brilliant, maybe even something lasting_can be made. As a playwright you don't work alone. You've got actors, a director, designers all helping to shape what you write, challenging it, exploring it, saving your ass (and sometimes breaking it). Then_like life_the company disbands and moves on.

So much for the high road. There are a million other, more mundane reasons to write for the theatre. Because your spouse keeps telling you that your life as podiatrist would make a terrific play. Because you want to commemorate a parent or an uncle or a sibling or a friend. Because you want to resuscitate a failed marriage or affair and make your lost spouse or lover speak again. Because you want to send a letter to the dead by way of the living. Because you're an idiot and you think Hollywood's going to buy your play about you and your hamster and make you rich. Because you saw The Star-Spangled Girl at your community theatre and think you can do better. Because you want to see your name in the paper and crave the admiration of our perceptive, tasteful, well-informed, and ever-encouraging "critics." Because you think the theatre provides endless opportunities for getting laid. Because you find actors smart, perceptive, and unimaginably gallant and you want to hang out and have drinks with them on a regular basis. Because you glimpsed two tramps waiting beside a road, or an old man raging on a heath, or saw a man and woman arguing outside the bus window and you want to imagine out loud what was going on and why and who those vanished people were. Because you have some voices in your head that won't be still. Because you want to do something really difficult, to chase down the elusive element that makes a very, very few plays good or even great and immortal, yet somehow escapes all those many other plays.

Or because you feel like it.

Or because you don't have any choice.

Because you have to.

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Christodora

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Baltimore, MD


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Sisters

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Inner Harbor - Ivy Bookshop Stage
Baltimore, MD


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

06:30 PM-08:00 PM: COMMONWEALTH CLUB
Commandant's Room
578 Valley Way
San Fran/San Jose/Oakland, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: LOFT LITERARY CENTER
1011 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE
695 East Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BURBANK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Buena Vista Branch
300 N. Buena Vista Street
Los Angeles, CA


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

02:30 PM-04:30 PM: RICHARD NIXON LIBRARY & MUSEUM
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM-9:30 PM: SEMINARY COOP
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: CITY LIGHTS BOOKSELLERS
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA


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Charmaine Craig
Miss Burma

5:00 PM: DEISEL BOOKSTORE-BRENTWOOD
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, C


David Abrams
Brave Deeds

MONTANA BOOK FESTIVAL
Location TK
Missoula, MT


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:30 PM: WARWICK'S
7812 Girard Avenue
San Diego, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: LEFT BANK BOOKS, INC.
399 North Euclid
St. Louis, MO


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Afterglow (a dog memoir)

6:00 PM: POLITICS & PROSE
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC


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Hue 1968

07:30 PM: POWELL'S BOOKS
2720 NW 29th Street
Portland, OR


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:30 PM-08:45 PM: TOWN HALL
1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca)
Seattle, WA


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: NEWTONVILLE BOOKS
10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Newton, MA


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Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: TATTERED COVER BOOKSTORE
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: CENTER FOR FICTION
17 E. 47th Street
New York City


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Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

UC BERKELEY
Berkeley, CA


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:30 PM: BOOKS ARE MAGIC
225 Smith Street
New York City


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:00 PM: NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY
The Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY


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Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA


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Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM-10:00 PM: FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES
481 CROWN STREET, #A16
Brooklyn, NY


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Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM: CITY OF ASYLUM
Alphabet City
40 West North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: TATTERED COVER LODO
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:30 PM: POWELL'S BOOKS
1005 W. Burnside St.,
Portland, OR


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM-09:00 PM: PENN STATE GREAT VALLEY
30 East Swedesford Road
Pennsylvania


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM-10:00 PM: POETRY PROJECT - DOGWRITE
St Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery
With Andre Alexis and Nicole J. Georges
131 E 10th Street
New York City


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:30 PM: BOULDER BOOKSTORE
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:00 PM: BOOK CELLAR
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL


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Anna Noyes
Goodnight, Beautiful Women

BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL
Dates are tentative
Brattleboro, VT


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA


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Olivia Clare
Disasters in the First World

12:00 PM-01:30 PM: SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
306 Gay St; Suite 306
Nashville, TN


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

9:30 AM-11:00 AM: COMMUNAL PRESENCE: NEW NARRATIVE CONFERENCE
"Writers Who Love Too Much"
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA


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John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL
Brattleboro,


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Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM: COMMUNAL PRESENCE: NEW NARRATIVE CONFERENCE
Reading with Dennis Cooper & Eileen Myles
McRosky Mattress Company
San Francisco, CA


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Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

07:00 PM: CITY LIGHTS BOOKSELLERS
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:00 PM: BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH
279 Harvard St.
Boston/Cambridge, MA


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BARNES & NOBLE #3301 EDINA
3230 West 69th Street
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:30 PM: SKYLIGHT BOOKS
1818 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

06:00 PM: SEMINARY CO-OP
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:00 PM: BARNES & NOBLE UPPER WEST SIDE
2289 Broadway (at 82nd St.)
New York City


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Scott Price
Playing Through the Whistle

7:00 PM: HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
Books in the 'Burgh
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

06:00 PM-08:00 PM: RAINY DAY BOOKS
2706 West 53rd Street
Kansas City, MO


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: PRAIRIE LIGHTS BOOKSTORE
15 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:30 PM: GREEN APPLE BOOKS ON THE PARK
1231 9th Ave
San Fran/San Jose/Oakland, CA


Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

HAMMER THEATRE
San Jose, CA


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: LEFT BANK BOOKS, INC.
399 North Euclid
St. Louis, MO


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

4:00 PM-5:00 PM: HARBOURFRONT FESTIVAL
with Andre Alexis
Live via Skype
Seattle, WA


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

8:30 PM: VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST
"Freeman's New Voices"
Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC


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Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

10:00 AM-11:30 AM: VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST
with Sayed Kashua, Witi Ihimaera, Helen Humphreys
Granville Island Stage
Vancouver, BC


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

1:00 PM-02:30 PM: VANCOVER WRITERS FEST
with Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Dennis Lee
Waterfront Theatre
Vancouver, BC


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:30 PM: VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST
In conversation with Aislinn Hunter
Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC


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Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: GLAD DAY BOOKSHOP
499 Church Street
Toronto, ON


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM-08:30 PM: BRAZOS BOOKSTORE
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:30 PM: GREEN APPLE BOOKS ON THE PARK
1231 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA


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Scott Price
Playing Through the Whistle

7:00 PM: MARK TWAIN HOUSE AND MUSEUM
351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BARNES & NOBLE #2566
2201 Preston Rd Suite E
Plano, TX


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: LIBRARIE DRAWN & QUARTERLY
176 Bernard West
Montreal, QC


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:00 PM: TIME TESTED BOOKS
1114 21st Street
Sacramento, CA


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

11:30 AM-01:30 PM: WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Luncheon
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: INTERABANG BOOKS
10720 Preston Rd
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:30 PM: SKYLIGHT BOOKS
1818 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA


Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

VENUE TBD
Lexington, KY


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

05:00 PM-06:30 PM: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Austin, TX


Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

VENUE TBD
Bloomington, IN


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Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BOOKPEOPLE
603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

3:00 PM: COPLEY SQUARE HOTEL
47 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

07:30 PM-09:00 PM: BOOK REVUE
Old South Sanctuary
645 Boylston St.
Boston, MA


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

STORIES ON STAGE
Sacramento, CA


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Olivia Clare
Disasters in the First World

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA
701 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

11:30 AM-12:30 PM: BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
1100 Massachusetts Ave
Suite 300B
Boston, MA


Lily Tuck
Sisters

4:00 PM-5:00 PM: BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
with Celeste Ng and Eshkol Nevo
Emmanuel Parish Hall
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

4:15 PM-5:15 PM: BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
1100 Massachusetts Ave
Suite 300B
Boston, MA


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Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

5:00 PM: AMHERST BOOKS
8 Main Street
Amherst, MA


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Afterglow (a dog memoir)

07:00 PM: INTERABANG BOOKS
10720 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: NEWTONVILLE BOOKS
10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Boston/Cambridge, MA


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:00 PM: BRAZOS BOOKSTORE
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX


2

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

CAL STATE CHANNEL ISLANDS
1 University Drive
Camarillo, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: BRAZOS BOOKSTORE
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX


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Tim Murphy
Christodora

02:30 PM-03:30 PM: TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
Bright Lights, Big City
Capitol Extension 2.030
Austin, TX


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

12:00 PM-12:45 PM: TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
610 Brazos, Suite 200
Austin, TX


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