David Ives

David IvesDavid Ives was an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist.  During his high school days he watched Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance on Broadway. He got inspired and decided to make a career in playwriting. He went to Northwestern University for further studies but also started writing plays. He shifted his base to New York City and then joined the Circle Repertory Theatre. He also worked as the editor of Foreign Affairs. He is best known for his one act play forms. However, he has not been able to gain much appreciation for his full length plays. Currently he lives in New York with his wife.
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Born: July 11, 1950, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Spouse: Martha Ives
Occupation: Playwright, screenwriter, author
Nationality: American
Movies: Venus in Fur, Sure Thing
Education: Yale University, Northwestern University, Yale School of Drama
Best Known for: Evenings of one-acts

I think everything should be in verse. 'The New York Times' should be in verse.

Necessarily, I'm always involved in casting, as any playwright is, because the whole process of putting on a play is a collaborative, organic effort on the part of a bunch of people trying to think alike.

Writing a play, you start with less, so more is demanded of you. It's as if you have to not only write a symphony, but invent the instruments as well.

Lists are anti-democratic, discriminatory, elitist, and sometimes the print is too small.

Verse comedy is interesting to me because of the challenge of writing in rhymed couplets, which is not a form that's usually amenable to English, yet to me it gives great possibility for comedy.

With my plays, when the lights go down, at least the audience isn't thinking, 'Oh, God, two more hours of this.'

Plays are always about intense relationships, whether they're intense love relationships or family relationships or existential relationships.

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