Mart Crowley

Personal Information
Mart Crowley was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and graduated from Catholic University of America in 1957 in Washington D.C. In the 1960's, he worked in California for many television companies. Mart Crowley is primarily known for his landmark play, The Boys in the Band, written in 1968, that deals with male homosexual lifestyles. The play was overwhelmingly praised by critics and Crowley was acknowledged as a master composer of economical, pungent and bitingly- humorous dialogue. The Boys in the Band, his first play, was first performed on the New York stage at Theater Four on April 14, 1968. Crowley's second play, Remote Asylum, was not quite as successful. It was produced in 1970 in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre. Crowley's third play opened in the fall of 1975. It was entitled A Breeze from the Gulf and is based on the early life of Crowley. Fortunately, the play brought back some of the power and energy of Crowley's first play. It earned Crowley a second place vote for the prestigious New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Crowley has not written any new plays since 1984 when he wrote Avec Schmaltz for the Williamstown (Mass.) Theatre Festival. . From 1979 to 1980 he served as the executive script editor for the ABC series "Hart to Hart" and later as the producer. In the early 1980's Crowley returned to television production in California. He wrote the television movie adaptation of James Kirkwood's There Must Be a Pony. In 1996, he performed in The Celluloid Closet, which was nominated for an Emmy.
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Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 The Boys in the Band Lucille Lortel Theatre 08/06/1996 Playwright
2 A Breeze From the Gulf Eastside Playhouse 10/15/1973 Playwright
3 The Boys in the Band Theater Four 04/15/1968 Playwright