Actor-turned-director Scott Elliott formed the New Group in 1991 and began directing original plays in tiny, marginal spaces with no money--and for no money. As an actor, his stint at the Guthrie Thea...
|Spent 18 months on Broadway and on the road in "Les Miserables"|
|Helmed Stephen Bill's "Curtains" Off-Broadway|
|Critical breakthrough, directing an Off-Broadway production of Mike Leigh's "Ecstacy"|
|Broadway directing debut with revival of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter"|
|Directed the Broadway revival of "The Women" at the Roundabout Theatre|
|Grew up in Bellmere, Long Island, New York|
|Feature film directorial debut, "A Map of the World"|
|Worked at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; played a bit part in "Guys and Dolls"|
|Revived Chekhov's "Three Sisters" at the Roundabout Theatre|
|Staged the Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw"|
|Directed Arthur Miller's "Ride Down Mount Morgan" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|Formed the New Group and began directing original plays in tiny, out-of-the-way spaces with no money--and for no money|
|Signed by Sam Cohn of ICM|
Elliott's critical breakthrough came with his Off-Broadway production of Mike Leigh's "Ecstacy" (1995), which he followed quickly with Stephen Bill's "Curtains" (Off-Broadway, 1996) and Arthur Miller's "The Ride Down Mount Morgan" (Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1996). He made his Broadway debut with a critically lauded, revisionist revival of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" (1996), starring Frank Langella. Later that same season, he guided Lili Taylor, Amy Irving and Jeanne Tripplehorn in a production of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" (1997) at the Roundabout Theatre that met with a mixed critical reception. The former film major has been courted by Hollywood and has been mentioned to direct the film version of Jane Hamilton's novel "A Map of the World".
Unafraid to work with actors others regard as difficult (i.e., Frank Langella and F Murray Abraham) and fearless enough to tell a legend like Arthur Miller that his play needed work, Elliott has established his signature--seamless ensemble work, close attention to visual detail, and an affinity for a character's baser instincts. His innate sense of what makes characters tick, particularly their sexuality, allowed him to coax actress Michael Learned into a revealing hot pink bathing suit for the Miller play and create a sensation at Playwright's Horizon by having actor Tim Olyphant lie naked on a bed, legs spread and exposed in the most vulnerable way imaginable. Elliott's subtle work with actors, coupled with his visual sense, may bode well for a career in Hollywood. He segued to the big screen at the helm of "A Map of the World" (1999), an adaptation of Jane Hamilton's novel about the after effects of a tragedy on the families involved.
|Murray Elliott||Father||retired from the beverage business|
|Bea Elliott||Mother||lives with husband in Boca Raton|
|New York University|
|New York University|
|Boston Conservatory of Music and Drama|
|"He looks for that little bit of smuttiness, the little bit of corruptibility, the little tiny fetish for something that's going to cause trouble. You know what he reminds me of? There's an Eric Fischl painting of a boy watching his naked mother on a bed while he's secretly stealing money from her purse. That's Scott Elliott." --playwright Jon Robin Baitz in The New York Times Magazine, November 10, 1996.|
|"Some directors pick their concepts before they pick their plays. I can only speak for myself. I put my own stamp on 'Present Laughter', but I had never seen it performed before and I based all my ideas on what I read in it. I tried to bring the subtext to the surface a little bit because I think the audiences want to know the truth behind what's happening to the people in the play. And I really do believe that's because we understand more about what makes people tick than we did fifty years ago." --Scott Elliott to Arthur Miller in Interview, April 1997.|
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