Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Other Plays by David Ives
Ives, David (American playwright, 19__-____), “Variations on the Death of Trotsky,”
a __-minute comedy in English, set in _____, _____,
© 1994 by David Ives;
• in David Ives’ All in the Timing: Six One-Act Comedies (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1994), ISBN 0822213966, DPS 6026, containing “Variations on the Death of Trotsky”; “The Philadelphia,” a __-minute comedy, 2m2f; “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread,” a __-minute comedy, 2m2f; “Sure Thing,” a __-minute comedy, 1m1f; “The Universal Language,” a __-minute comedy, 2m1f; or “Words, Words, Words,” a __-minute comedy,
• also, in Variations on the Death of Trotsky, and Other Short Comedies, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1992), ISBN 0-8222-1411-3, DPS 4729, about Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) (published with “Foreplay, or, The Art of the Fugue,” “Variations on the Death of Trotsky,” “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread,” “Speed-the-Play”;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
• Also, cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
Leon Trotsky (m), __, _____; _____ (m), __, _____; _____ (f), __, _____.
“. . . [T]he Russian revolutionary [Leon Trotsky, 1879-1940] on the day of his demise [is] desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head.”—2001-2002 Complete Catalogue of Plays (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 2001), p. 291.
“Scenes portray alternate versions of Russian revolutionary’s death.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 190.
• “The play consists of quick scenes, each with a different comic take on Trotsky’s death. Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award[, this] critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect; script/rights available from Satire and just plain fun. A hilarious sextet whether played together or separately. ‘Like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue. The writing is not only very funny, it has the density of thought and precision of poetry. . . . All in the Timing is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words.’—Vincent Canby, New York Times. ‘Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart. Ives is a mordant comic who has put the play back in playwright. . . . A wondrous wordmaster.’—Richard Corliss, Time. ‘An original turn of mind is to be saluted in our tired theatre. . . . A playwright with ideas his own ideas in his head is relatively rare. Such a one is David Ives.’—John Simon, New York.”—2001-2002 Complete Catalogue of Plays (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 2001), p. 291.
• Research could include “David Ives Offers ‘Lab’ for Playwrights, Just Off Broadway,” http://www.columbia.edu/cu/record/record2016.16.html, and Columbia University Record, vol. 20, no. 16 (February 10, 1995), ISSN 0747-4505.
• “David Ives, chosen as the Inge Festival's ‘New Voice in American Theatre for 1998,’ was born in Chicago and educated at Northwestern University and Yale School of Drama. He is a former Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in playwriting and is probably best known for his evening of one-act comedies called All in the Timing, which ran for over 600 performances off-Broadway. The show won the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award and was included in "The Best Plays of 1993-94." In the 1995-96 season, All in the Timing was the most performed play in the country after Shakespeare. Mere Mortals is another collection of Ives' one-acts and recently ended another long run off-Broadway. Three of his short comedies have been included in the "Best Short Plays of the Year" volume. Among his full-length plays are Ancient History, Don Juan in Chicago, The Red Address, and the libretto to an opera of The Secret Garden. He has adapted four classic American musicals for the celebrated Encores series and in 1996 wrote Ira Gershwin's 100th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall. He has taught at New York University and Columbia University, and for three years was an editor at Foreign Affairs Magazine. He participated in the "New Voices in American Theatre: 1998" on Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at the Independence Museum where two of his plays were read: Degas-C'est Moi and Time Flies.”—Stephen Sondheim - Festival Restrospective, http://www.ingefestival.org/Stephen_Sondheim.htm, accessed January 7, 2003.
• Page mounted May 6, 2006, updated February 1, 2009.
assassination, celebrity, Communism, Mexico, Russian Revolution, Trotsky (Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, 1879-1940).