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|Barrie Stavis, a
distinguished American playwright, has authored several powerful plays
about men struggling in the vortex of history. They advocate ideas,
suffer, often are executed, but eventually their ideas win. The heresy
of one age becomes the established truth of the next. His heroes
include scientist Galileo, human rights fighter John Brown, and labor leader
Stavis's plays can be done on a clean, simple stage, bounded only by history, ethics, religion, politics, and psychology. His plays have been translated into 28 languages and have been produced in dozens of major theaters around the world and in numerous college theaters. When theater companies and producers want serious drama, they produce Stavis's works.
The National Theater Conference honors an outstanding emerging playwright each year with the "Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award."
Barrie also wrote a few light, humorous books at the early stage of his career. Some notes on this part of his work are here.
Born in 1906, Barrie Stavis
was actively involved in all his work until his death on February 2, 2007,
at the age of 100.
|Barrie died on Feb. 2,
2007, at the age of 100.
Email your remembrances, and I'll put them here. (benstavis"at"verizon.net)
As with Joe Hill, his ideals
will never die.
New York: A.S. Barnes, 1960, 67.
Lamp At Midnight.
New York: A.S. Barnes, 1966.
The Man Who Never Died.
New York: A.S. Barnes, 1972.
The biblical Joseph in Egypt helps establish human control over nature and gets enmeshed in court politics.
The Raw Edge of Victory
in Dramatics Vol. 57, No. 8 and 9 (April and May 1986).
The House of Shadows,
Just completed, March 2003, not published yet
Here's an interesting article Barrie published in Colliers in 1944: "They See Without Looking"
Overviews and comments
For information about productions,
copyrights, etc, please contact Richard Weisberg, Literary Executor,
The Barrie Stavis Literary Archive is currently being cataloged at the University of Delaware Library, Special Collections.
For more information about
the collection or reference assistance, please contact
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Ben Stavis (cousin) benstavis"at"verizon.net