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David Ives
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David Ives

Playwright David Ives talks about his many acts of "literary ventriloquism," channeling the voices of the authors of classic musicals for City Center's Encores series, including the current Juno and upcoming No, No Nanette, as well as the distinctive voice of Mark Twain for the recent Broadway production of Is He Dead? He also describes the luck that led to his first play being produced at New York's famed Circle Repertory Company right after he graduated from college; explains why he enrolled at the Yale School of Drama only after his early successes; chronicles how his work for a theatre company that consisted of little more than a copy machine and an artistic director ultimately led to his success with All In The Timing; reflects on the role of pain in writing short comedies; considers whether he was typecast only as a writer of one-acts; and shares the genesis of his interest in the philosopher Spinoza, which led to his writing New Jerusalem, seen Off-Broadway at CSC earlier this season.

Original air date - March 28, 2008
Running Time - 55:48

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