David Rabe

Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer
This celebrated American playwright utilized his background as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War to pen three plays about that period: "Sticks and Bones" (Off-Broadway, 1971, Broadway 1972), "The Basic Training ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Writer (6)

Hurlyburly 1998 (Movie)

("Hurlyburly") (Play as Source Material)

Hurlyburly 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Streamers 1983 (Movie)

("Streamers") (Play as Source Material)

Streamers 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

This celebrated American playwright utilized his background as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War to pen three plays about that period: "Sticks and Bones" (Off-Broadway, 1971, Broadway 1972), "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" (Off-Broadway 1971) and "Streamers" (Off-Broadway 1976). David Rabe won a Tony for "Sticks and Bones" and "Pavlo Hummel" became a more recognized piece when Al Pacino starred in a 1977 Broadway revival. "Streamers", about life in an army barracks at the outset of the Vietnam War, found a wider audience in Robert Altman's 1983 film version which Rabe scripted.

Relationships

Elizabeth Pan

Wife
married in 19609 divorced mother of Rabe's oldest son

Lily Rabe Actor

Daughter
Born June 29, 1982; mother, Jill Clayburgh

William Rabe

Father

Ruth Rabe

Mother

Lily Rabe

Daughter
born in 1982 mother, Jill Clayburgh

Jason Rabe

Son
born c. 1972 mother, Elizabeth Pan

Michael Rabe

Son
born c. 1986 mother, Jill Clayburgh

EDUCATION

Villanova University

Villanova , Pennsylvania 1968

Loras College

Dubuque , Iowa 1962

Milestones

2001

Premiered "The Dog Problem", a new play produced Off-Broadway

1998

Wrote screen adaptation of "Hurlyburly"

1994

Made stage directorial debut with "Those the River Keeps"

1993

Co-wrote screen adaptation of "The Firm"

1989

Scripted "Casualties of War"

1984

"Hurlyburly" had world premiere in Chicago at Goodman Theatre

1983

Was executive producer, wrote screenplay for "I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can"

1983

Wrote screenplay for Robert Altman's film version of "Streamers"

1976

"Streamers", the third play in his Vietnam triology produced at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut; moved to Off-Broadway

1970

"Sticks and Bones" produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival; later moves to Broadway

1970

"The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" premiered in NYC at The New York Shakespeare Festival

1968

"Sticks and Bones", a play about a Vietnam veteran and the first of a loose triology dealing with the war, premiered in Villanova, Pennsylvania

1965

Served in the US Army

Penned screenplay adaptation of "In the Boom Boom Room" (in development as of 2000)

Taught at Villanova

Worked as a journalist at the New Haven Registr

Bonus Trivia

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"A playwright is treated like the madwoman from the attic that is let down to deliver the play and goes back upstairs and who they'd just as soon would never bother them again." --David Rabe in New York Newsday, January 30, 1994.

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"If my age played into my writing, it wasn't consciously. But then, I did write the play ["The Quality of Mercy"] about seven or eight years ago. I'm feeling the weight of age a lot more now, frankly, than I was then. My plays are always ahead of me. I often encounter my themes on a personal level after the play is written, not before. I'll write a play, and then later I'll realize, 'Oh, now I'm going through that same experience.' Maybe I don't want to have that experience, but that's the way it happens." --David Rabe to Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2000.

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