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Foreman, Richard

Richard Foreman collaborated with Stanley Silverman on the musical DR. SELAVY'S MAGIC THEATRE and on the Obie-award winning ELEPHANT STEPS, as well as six other plays.  Mr. Foreman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University with a degree in playwriting from the Yale Drama School. In 1968 he founded the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, which has become one of the most famous avant-garde "underground" theatres in the world and has received for Mr. Foreman critical raves as a unique theatrical innovator and poet. It has been called "the most important new theatre since Beckett." Mr. Foreman has received the annual Literature award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a "Lifetime Achievement in the Theater" award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN Club Master American Dramatist Award, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and in 2004 was elected officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.

Seven collections of his plays have already been published, and books studying his work have been published in New York, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo.

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    The birthday of Richard Foreman, founder of the iconic Ontological-Hysteric Theatre and creator of the show DR. SELAVY'S MAGIC THEATRE.