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James Elward

JAMES ELWARD  (1929 - 1996)

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    ICM Partners  


James Joseph Elward was born in Chicago in Novemember of 1929. (his parents were also born in Chicago) and he passed in august of 1996 in New York City.

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below is a list of James Elward's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Best Of Friends         Mary Agnes Is Thirty Five         Passport         River, The



Best Of Friends

Synopsis:
as he had deserted them many years before, the family of archer Connaught, famous author (and philanderer), receives the news of his death in a plane crash with mixed emotions. His daughter is cool and bitter, his son jumps at the chance to write the official biography and his wife relishes the idea of basking in the reflected glory of the tributes certain to come. But then archer turns up, alive after all, and squiring the lovely young girl, half his age, whom he hopes to marry. But first a divorce is needed, and while his wife, Kate, is seemingly compliant, the problem (or so she says) is that they were never legally married in the first place. after that the complications multiply uproariously as family skeletons are exhumed, romance blossoms in unexpected places, and our hero comes to sense both the generation gap between himself and his intended and value of a good, loyal wife, tried and true.

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1st Produced:
Strand, London    1970

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1st Published:
English Theatre Guild, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Mary Agnes Is Thirty Five

Synopsis:
a couple arrive at the girl's apartment after an evening out-he bent on seduction and she determined to preserve her honor. They have both reached the age where loneliness might seem to be a tempering influence, but he has (without really being aware of it) become the predatory bachelor and she (although she still has hopes) the frigid spinster. Their confrontation is poignant and very real-but ultimately, as it must be, a stalemate.

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in Friday Night, Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
short play One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Passport

Synopsis:
deals with a lonely middle-aged newspaperman, a little the worse for drink and sadly convinced of his ineffectiveness and failure as a person. Out of his monologue spoken perhaps with the aching desire that someone will miraculously hear, and care, comes a remarkable portrait of a man alone-wanting to feel alive again but reconciled to an existence without real meaning or purpose.

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in Friday Night, Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
short play One act

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River, The

Synopsis:
two unmarried ladies meet in a cafe to lament the fact that one of them just reached the dangerous age of thirty-which the other (a far more philosophic sort) has long since sailed safely past. Brooding on the finality of it all, and the broken romances that have embittered them, the two find their attention drawn to the couple at the next table-a sweet young thing in her twenties and the older man with whom she is obviously having an affair. They don't mean to eavesdrop, but it is as if they were seeing themselves just a few years earlier, and their knowledge of what the young girl is in for makes them want to speak up. Which they do-with funny, touching and ultimately beneficial results.

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in Friday Night, Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
short play One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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