Requiem for a Marriage: And Other Last Chance Dramas

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Trafford Publishing, May 1, 2012 - Performing Arts - 204 pages
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Thoreau once said, "Live the life you have dreamed." The plays in this book are the dreams in the life that I have led. By that I mean that I have drawn upon a life's full experience to construct a fictional story. But these are stories that are meant to entertain, because that's the first responsibility of the theater; but also to explore the dreams and hopes and failures of real people living in our time.

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J.B. Edwards is an American playwright and a member of the American Writers Group at Third Avenue Productions, where he has developed a number of plays, including A Family Reunion, The Sanctuary, Einstein's Secret Letters, Three Women Dating Henry, William's Last Chance and A Delicate Matter. Mr. Edwards is a New York native who often sets his plays in the Gramercy Park section of the city. Twelve of his plays have been produced in New York, and many have been performed around the country. Requiem for a Marriage premiered at the Main Stage of the Abington Theatre in New York in July 2009. Edwards' first play, William's Last Chance, was most recently presented in Pennsylvania in 2010 after its premier at the Blue Heron Theater in New York in 2003. His comedy, A Family Reunion, was first presented at the National Arts Club in New York and then later at the Blue Heron Theater. The Spanish version of this play, Una Reunion Familiar, was performed at Nyrican Spanish Theater in New York in October 2004. Edwards' play, Einstein's Secret Letters, had its New York debut at the SoHo Repertory Theater's Walker Space in October 2005, and continues to be played to audiences in New York City and around the U.S. The play Three Women Dating Henry was recently adapted for the screen. The short film was written and directed by J.B. Edwards. Most recently, he has written The Best of Everything (2007), A Delicate Matter (2008) and Sister Stories (2009), all presented at the National Arts Club in New York. Edwards was born in The Bronx, New York City, and after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, did a stint in the Army. Coming back to New York for good, Edwards began a career as a writer, poet and novelist (China Dreams). Ironically, his first artistic success was as a painter with his first shows in New York in the eighties. He continues to be a prolific painter of edgy abstract art, and his paintings are represented in several galleries and corporations in the U.S. Later in his career, Edwards began to write plays, and enjoys a continuing success in the Off-Broadway theater scene. He recently ventured into film work, writing and directing the movie version of his play Three Women Dating Henry. Edwards' works are a study of typical American lives in the late twentieth century, and were influenced by the great American playwrights Arthur Miller and Edward Albee. J.B. Edwards is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the National Arts Club, and the Players of New York. Edwards continues to write new plays for the New York theater scene.

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