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Granville Wyche Burgess

GRANVILLE WYCHE BURGESS

  

Nationality:    USA
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Granville Wyche Burgess is a playwright, director, producer, lyricist, composer, and teacher with over 25 years' professional experience. His plays and musicals have appeared Off-Broadway and regionally. His teleplays have appeared on PBS and in syndication, and he was a staff writer for the emmy-nominated soap opera Capitol. He is the author of five screenplays and a book of short stories for children. He has directed or acted in over 50 plays and musicals. His professional memberships include the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild of America east, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Screen actors Guild, actors equity association, the American Federation of Television and Radio actors, and the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. Mr. Burgess is President and CeO of the entertainment company edVenture Networks, Inc., which produces historical programming for youth. With Jonathan Donald, he is co-producer/head writer of the proposed PBS series Dixie Drive-In, co-produced with SC-eTV in South Carolina. Mr. Burgess was Director of the Walnut Street Theatre School for seven years, and has taught playwriting, screenwriting, directing, and acting at the Wilma Theatre, Widener University, the academy of Vocal Arts, Trinity College, the University of Central Oklahoma, the Tower Hill School, and arcadia University, among others. His produced plays and musicals include the Death of Dracula (commissioned by the Walnut Street Theatre), Play It as It Lies, the Freak: a Play about Edgar Cayce, a Country Carol, Conrack, Glory Road!, Dream. . ., everybody's Watching: the Making of the Constitution, On To Oklahoma!, and Whalesong. He has received awards and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National endowment for the Humanities, CBS/Foundation of the Dramatists Guild, the Drama League, the Center for Southern Studies, Circuit Theatre, and Dayton Repertory Theatre. Mr. Burgess is a 1965 graduate with honors of the Phillips exeter academy, a 1969 graduate of Princeton University (magna cum laude in History), and a 1974 M.F.A. graduate in Directing of the Catholic University of America.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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below is a list of Granville Wyche Burgess's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Conrack         Death Of Dracula, The         Dream         Freak, The         Glory Road         Listen To the Land         On To Oklahoma         Play It As It Lies



Conrack

Synopsis:
an idealistic white man is engaged to teach seven black children on a small island off the coast of South Carolina

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Music by Lee Pockriss; lyrics by Anne Croswell; book by Granville Wyche Burgess. Based on the novel "the Water is Wide" by Pat Conroy

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Death Of Dracula, The

Synopsis:
Mina Murray has been summoned to Sangrov abbey. Her fiance, Jonathan Harker has been found half naked and raving about a vampire.

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Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia    -

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Dream

Synopsis:
the story of Martin Luther King and the Montgomery bus boycott.

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Freak, The

Synopsis:
world renowned psychic 's fight within himself against accepting the fact that he is an incredibly gifted freak of nature

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Wpa Theatre, New York City    -

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Samuel French, NY,    -

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Glory Road

Synopsis:
a slave catcher is out to apprehend a runaway and his son.

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Listen To the Land

Synopsis:
eben is a rich theatre producer, it is Christmas eve 1909 and he is counting his receipts. His assistant, Gloria, asks for the next day off. She is refused and we all know what will happen next.

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Based on "a Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

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On To Oklahoma

Synopsis:
the Oklahoma Land Rush

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Music by e A Alexander; book by Granville Wyche Burgess

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Play It As It Lies

Synopsis:
For Cecil Burton and his father, golf isn't just a sport -- it's a way of life, a code of honor, even a religion. along his path to becoming a professional golfer, we see Cecil's turbulent life unfold: his coming of age in a time of segregation and discrimination, his generational struggles with a demanding father, his first love and eventual divorce, all leading up to what may be his final round.

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Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa, United States)    1991

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Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
110-130 min Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  5 males, 2 females

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