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Tom Cone

TOM CONE  (1947 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  


Tom Cone began his career in 1974 with the Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver with their production of his play The Organizer, and CBC Radio Drama s production of his play There. Cone was a playwright in residence at the Stratford Festival for two years where he premiered his play Stargazing and his adaptation of Goldoni s Servant of Two Masters, which has been continuously produced since 1980. He adapted Herringbone into a musical in 1981, music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, and it premiered in Chicago followed by productions in New York at Playwrights Horizons, London at the King s Head Theatre, Philadelphia, Edinburgh Festival, Vancouver, Hartford Stage starring Joel Grey, and many cities throughout North America. It recently toured Williamstown Theater Festival, McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ) and the LaJolla Playhouse (Ca) in a production starring Tony award winner BD Wong and directed by Tony award winner Roger Rees. In 1992 his adaptation of Moliere s The Miser premiered at the Vancouver Playhouse and subsequently aired on CBC s arts National and opened the restored Monument Theatre in Montreal for the National Theatre School. His other plays include True Mummy, Cubistique, Whisper to Mendelsohn, Beautiful Tigers and Shotglass. These works have been seen throughout Canada, the United States, England, and Australia. His most recent play, Donald and Lenore, was produced by Felix Culpa Theatre and Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver, March 2010. He wrote the libretto for The architect, composed by David MacIntyre and produced by Vancouver Opera in June 1994. In June 1997, Cone wrote the libretto for the opera The Gang (music by Peter Hannan), which premiered in Vancouver, produced by Vancouver New Music. In January 1999, The Gang was produced at the du Maurier Theatre in Toronto by autumn Leaf Productions and broadcast nationally on CBC s Two New Hours. In 2000, the opera Game Misconduct, written with the composer Leslie Uyeda, premiered at Festival Vancouver. Tom Cone is a founder and former co-producer of CaBINET: Interdisciplinary Collaborations. In January 2007 CaBINET presented an evening of newly-commissioned works by composer/musician George Lewis (Macarthur award recipient) and video artist Kate Craig, composer Stefan Smulovitz and visual artists Hadley+Maxwell, as well as the Canadian premiere of Edgard Varese and Bill Viola's music/video work Desert. Cone has also co-produced a series of house concerts titled Song Room, where composers and writers are brought together to build song literature. There have been 54 premieres, of which 11 were featured on the CD in the Capilano Review issue, Collaboration. In May 2011Tom Cone will co-produce with Karen Matthews The Opera Project, which will premiere four ten-minute operas by four different teams of composers and librettists. Cone taught playwriting workshops at the Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver in the 1980s, and was guest lecturer at the National Theatre School in Montreal in 1996. He taught Collaboration and Constructivism with Jeremy Todd at the Emily Carr University for art and Design in the fall 2007 term. In the winter of 2007 he was writer-in-residence at Capilano University, where he created the Five-Minute Play Project as a collaboration between the Creative Writing and Theatre departments, which has been offered every spring term since. Tom Cone has been the recipient of the Canada Council award, the NEa, and the Drama League award for Playwrighting in New York. He recently contributed to the publication Facing History for arsenal Pulp Press/ Presentation House. In 2000 he curated a show for the Vancouver art Gallery based on their 1990 s acquisitions. His publishers include Pulp Press, New Play Centre/Fineglow, Fifth House Publishing, Samuel French, Broadway Plays, Scirocco, Talon, Playwrights Canada, applause Books and anvil Press. (Capilano University)

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1792         Architect, The         Beautiful Tigers         Canada Dry         Cubistique         Donald And Lenore         Herringbone         Herringbone         Imaginary Invalid, The         Miser, The         Organiser, The         Servant Of Two Masters, The         Shotglass         Stargazing         There         True Mummy         Whisper To Mendelsohn         Writer's Show, The



1792

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written with Joe Wiesenfeld, Brenda White And Tom Cone

1st Produced:
Green Thumb Players, Vancouver    1978

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Childrens Youth audience

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Architect, The

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Cone wrote the libretto for The Architect, composed by David MacIntyre

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Genre:
Comedy

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Beautiful Tigers

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New Play Centre    1976

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in Three Plays by Tom Cone, Pulp Press, 1976   -

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Canada Dry

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New Play Centre    -

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Cubistique

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In an elegant 1920's Paris salon, two women share and dispute their evocative but differing recollections of the past, seeking to discover the realities of their lives in one another. Like a Cubist painting, the play analyses the two characters from several different angles simultaneously

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1st Produced:
New Play Centre    1974

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in West Coast Plays, Fineglow Plays, 1975   -

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Donald And Lenore

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Felix Culpa Theatre, Vhutzpah festival, vancouver    Mar 2010

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Herringbone

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1st Produced:
New Play Centre    1975

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in Three Plays by Tom Cone, Pulp Press, 1976   -

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Herringbone

Tom Cone
When they do not get the inheritance they had anticipated George's parents decide to make money he must go into show business. George is sent to vaudevillian Nathan Moseley to be trained. Nathan is one half of a comedy double act Chicken and Frog with his friend Lou. Lou falls or is pushed to his death. Frog's spirit takes over George's body and suddenly he can act, sing and dance. But when Chicken has his neck wrung by George - is it George's doing or Frog's?

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Music by Skip Kennon; lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh; book by Tom Cone. Based on the one Act play by Tom Cone

1st Produced:
Playwrights Horizon, New York    16 Jun 1982

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in Plays from Playwrights Horizons, Broadway Play Pub (May 1987)   978-0881450477

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Genre:
Musical

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Imaginary Invalid, The

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Original Playwright - Moliere

1st Produced:
Westcoast actor's Society, Vancouver    1975

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Miser, The

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Vancouver Playhouse    1992

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Organiser, The

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1st Produced:
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver East Cultural Centre    1973

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Servant Of Two Masters, The

Synopsis:
the terrible complications wrought by Truffaldino when he gets engaged as a servant by two different people at the same time

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Original Playwright - Carlo Goldoni

1st Produced:
Stratford Festival    1980

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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York 1980   978-0573618970

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Genre:
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Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Shotglass

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1st Produced:
New Play Centre    1977

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Stargazing

Synopsis:
Two couples sort out their lives whilst watching stars

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1st Produced:
Third Stage, Stratford festival    -

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Playwrights Co-op, Toronto, 1978   -

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There

Synopsis:
Two middle-aged men reminisce about their separate sexual experiences with the same woman. The juxtaposition of their monologues creates evocative theatre

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1st Produced:
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver East Cultural Centre    1972

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Playwrights Co-op, Toronto, 1973   -

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True Mummy

Tom Cone
True Mummy the shellac made from the dust of mummies

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anvil Press   978-1895636529

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Whisper To Mendelsohn

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1st Produced:
arts Club Theatre, Vancouver    1975

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Playwrights Co-op, Toronto, 1975   -

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Genre:
Three act Play/Drama

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Writer's Show, The

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1st Produced:
Tamahnous Theatre Workshop, Vancouver    1978

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Genre:
collective creation

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