Elmer Rice

Personal Information
Elmer Rice (Playwright), 1892-1967. Rice had a long, varied and successful career. For fifty years he wrote and directed plays, but he also wrote novels, essays, film scenarios, radio and television scripts, and an autobiography. He directed and produced many plays. A member of the Screen Writers Guild, he was asked to represent it on the council of the Authors League of America, an association that continued for forty years. In 1938 he founded the Playwrights Producing Company with Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman, Sidney Howard and Robert Sherwood. Always committed to social and political activism, he wrote a number plays that express his life-long passion for liberty and for social justice. For many years he was on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union. His opinions remain current; for example, in his novel The Imperial City he remarks that the “electorate seldom insisted upon either ability or probity in its chief executives, but it did demand a blameless private life.” Because of the number and variety of his plays his work defies generalization; the best known plays are The Adding Machine (1923), Street Scene (1929) and Dream Girl (1946).

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Adding Machine Minetta Lane Theatre 02/25/2008 Material
2 Counsellor-At-Law Theater at St. Clement's Church 01/30/2005 Playwright
3 The Adding Machine Phoenix Theatre 02/09/1956 Playwright
Award Production Function
1 WON 2005 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival Counsellor-At-Law Playwright