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Douglas Turner Ward

Douglas Turner Ward

American playwright
Douglas Turner Ward
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Intro American playwright
Is Writer Playwright Theatre director Theater professional
From United States of America
Type Arts Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 5 May 1930, Burnside, Louisiana, USA
Age 90 years
Star sign Taurus
Education
University of Michigan
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Biography

Douglas Turner Ward (born May 5, 1930) is an American playwright, actor, director, and theatrical producer best known as a founder and artistic director of the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC).

Personal life

His birth name was, Roosevelt Ward Jr., and he was born in Burnside, Louisiana. His mother was Dorothy Ward (née Short) and his father was Roosevelt Ward.

Ward is married to Diana Powell Ward. They have a daughter, Elizabeth Ward.

Career

As an actor, Turner made his Broadway debut in a small role in A Raisin in the Sun. His first significant artistic achievement would be as a playwright, however. Happy Ending/Day of Absence, a program of two one-act plays, premiered at the St. Mark's Playhouse in Manhattan on November 15, 1965, and ran for 504 performances. Ward received a Drama Desk Award for his playwrighting.

In 1967, he was one of the founders of the Negro Ensemble Company and served for many years as its artistic director.

Selected credits

Theatre

Directing

Year Production Theatre(s) Notes
1982 A Soldier's Play Lucille Lortel Theatre Drama Desk Award nomination
1980 Zooman and the Sign Theatre Four
1979 Home St. Mark's Playhouse
1975 The First Breeze of Summer St. Mark's Playhouse
1972 The River Niger St. Mark's Playhouse
1970 Day of Absence St. Mark's Playhouse Part of a program of two one-act plays with Brotherhood
Brotherhood St. Mark's Playhouse Part of a program of two one-act plays with Day of Absence
1968 Daddy Goodness St. Mark's Playhouse

Writing

Year Production Theatre(s) Notes
1983 The Redeemer Theatre Four Part of a program of three one-act plays, entitled About Heaven and Earth
1970 Day of Absence St. Mark's Playhouse Part of a program of two one-act plays with Brotherhood
Brotherhood St. Mark's Playhouse Part of a program of two one-act plays with Day of Absence
1969 The Reckoning St. Mark's Playhouse
1965 Day of Absence St. Mark's Playhouse Part of a program of two one-act plays with Happy Ending
Happy Ending St. Mark's Playhouse Part of a program of two one-act plays with Day of Absence

Acting

Year Production Role Theatre(s) Notes
1983 Tigus Tigus Theatre Four Part of a program of three one-act plays, entitled About Heaven and Earth
1975 The First Breeze of Summer Harper Edwards St. Mark's Playhouse
1972 The River Niger Johnny Williams St. Mark's Playhouse
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Obie Award, Distinguished Performance
Tony Award nomination, Best Featured Actor in a Play
1969 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men Mr. Russell B. Parker St. Mark's Playhouse Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Performance
1959 A Raisin in the Sun Moving Man
Bobo (understudy)
Walter Lee Younger (understudy)
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Belasco Theatre

Awards and nominations

  • 1966 Drama Desk Award for Happy Ending and Day of Absence
  • 1968 Drama Desk Award (with Robert Hooks and Gerald S. Krone, Negro Ensemble Company)
  • 1969 Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Performance) for Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
  • 1969 Tony Award Special Award (with Robert Hooks and Gerald S. Krone, Negro Ensemble Company)
  • 1974 Tony Award, Best Play (with Robert Hooks and Gerald S. Krone, Negro Ensemble Company) for The River Niger
  • 1974 Tony Award nomination, Best Featured Actor in a Play for The River Niger
  • 1976 Tony Award nomination, Best Play (with Robert Hooks and Gerald S. Krone, Negro Ensemble Company) for The First Breeze of Summer
  • 1979 Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding New Play (with Robert Hooks and Gerald S. Krone, Negro Ensemble Company) for Nevis Mountain Dew
  • 1982 Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding New Play (with Robert Hooks and Gerald S. Krone, Negro Ensemble Company) for A Soldier's Play
  • 1982 Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play for A Soldier's Play
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