Martin Sherman

Screenwriter, Playwright
Long a resident of London, the openly gay playwright Martin Sherman made his move to the big screen in the late 1990s with his original script "Alive and Kicking/Indian Summer" (1996) and the adaptation of his biggest ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (9)

Noel 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mrs. Henderson Presents 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Callas Forever 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alive & Kicking 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bent 1997 (Movie)

("Bent") (Play as Source Material)

Bent 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Summer House 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Don't Call Me Mama Anymore 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (2)

Alive & Kicking 1997 (Movie)

Man at Pub (Actor)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

Mr Abercrombie (Actor)
Music (1)

Bent 1997 (Movie)

("The Streets of Berlin") (Song)
Producer (1)

Bent 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Other (1)

The Day After Trinity 1979 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

Long a resident of London, the openly gay playwright Martin Sherman made his move to the big screen in the late 1990s with his original script "Alive and Kicking/Indian Summer" (1996) and the adaptation of his biggest stage success "Bent" (1997). Sherman has twice published collections of "Gay Plays" and many of his works focus on homosexuality. "Bent" was first performed in workshop at the O'Neill Theatre Centre in Waterford, Connecticut, in 1978, before premiering in London (with Ian McKellen in the lead) and on Broadway (with Richard Gere) in 1979. The play was the first to deal with the treatment of homosexuals by the Nazis during WWII. Set primarily in a concentration camp, it garnered controversy over two scenes in which the gay inmates achieve climax by words.

Relationships

Julia Sherman

Mother

Joseph Sherman

Father

EDUCATION

School of Fine Arts, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1960

Milestones

2000

"Rose" transferred to Broadway

1999

Penned the one-person show "Rose", about an elderly Holocaust survivor; opened in London starring Olympia Dukakis

1997

Wrote the screen adaptation of his play "Bent"

1996

First original screenplay produced, "Alive and Kicking/Indian Summer"

1992

Adapted the novel "The Summer House" for British TV; received theatrical distribution in the USA in 1993

1991

Had London success with play "When She Danced", starring Vanessa Redgrave as Isadora Duncan

1980

Moved to London

1979

First stage success, "Bent"; debuted in London with Ian McKellen and on Broadway with Richard Gere

1978

"Bent" has first production at the O'Neill Theatre Centre

1973

Made foray into TV writing for Cass Elliot's CBS TV special "Don't Call Me Mama Anymore"

1968

Had first plays produced in New York at Herbert Berghof Playwrights Foundation

Wrote teleplay adaptation of Tennessee Williams' novella "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (lensed 2002) for Showtime

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