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Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: playwright, screenwriter

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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.The Philadelphia-born writer has had a number of stage successes in London (where he permanently settled in 1980). "A Madhouse in Goa" (1989) focused on the deceptive relationship between a young man and the woman who encounters on a Greek island. Vanessa Redgrave played Isadora Duncan in Sherman's "When She Danced" (1990-91) while Rupert Everett won praise for his turn as the object of the affection of a British Army officer in North...

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.

The Philadelphia-born writer has had a number of stage successes in London (where he permanently settled in 1980). "A Madhouse in Goa" (1989) focused on the deceptive relationship between a young man and the woman who encounters on a Greek island. Vanessa Redgrave played Isadora Duncan in Sherman's "When She Danced" (1990-91) while Rupert Everett won praise for his turn as the object of the affection of a British Army officer in North Africa in "Some Sunny Day" (1996).

Sherman's work on TV had been limited; he contributed to the 1973 CBS TV special "Don't Call Me Mama Anymore", starring Cass Elliot. He also adapted Alice Thomas Ellis' novel "The Clothes in the Wardrobe" as the British TV-movie "The Summer House" in 1992. Starring Jeanne Moreau, the film received a limited theatrical release in the USA in 1993. Sherman's first original script, "Alice and Kicking/Indian Summer" focused on the budding relationship between an HIV-positive dancer (Jason Flemyng) and an older AIDS counselor (Antony Sher). "Bent" featured Clive Owen and Lothaire Bluteau as the concentration camp inmates with original star McKellen relegated to the supporting role of Uncle Freddie.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Alive & Kicking (1996) Man At Pub
2.
 Radio Days (1987) Mr Abercrombie
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1968:
Had first plays produced in New York at Herbert Berghof Playwrights Foundation
1973:
Made foray into TV writing for Cass Elliot's CBS TV special "Don't Call Me Mama Anymore"
1978:
"Bent" has first production at the O'Neill Theatre Centre
1979:
First stage success, "Bent"; debuted in London with Ian McKellen and on Broadway with Richard Gere
1980:
Moved to London
1991:
Had London success with play "When She Danced", starring Vanessa Redgrave as Isadora Duncan
1992:
Adapted the novel "The Summer House" for British TV; received theatrical distribution in the USA in 1993
1996:
First original screenplay produced, "Alive and Kicking/Indian Summer"
1997:
Wrote the screen adaptation of his play "Bent"
1999:
Penned the one-person show "Rose", about an elderly Holocaust survivor; opened in London starring Olympia Dukakis
2000:
"Rose" transferred to Broadway
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Wrote teleplay adaptation of Tennessee Williams' novella "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (lensed 2002) for Showtime
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Education

School of Fine Arts, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts - 1960

Notes

"I'm not a prolific playwright. I've always wanted to do films in between plays. What 'The Summer House' did was give me a film career. Now, I've got so much it's unbelievable; I've never even approached being this busy." --Martin Sherman, VARIETY June 2, 1996

"I wanted to write about somebody who was living with AIDS rather than dying of AIDS. I always start out wanting to write about very, very serious subjects and almost invariably they become funny at some point along the way." --Sherman in TIME OUT NEW YORK, July 24-31, 1997

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father:
Joseph T Sherman. Attorney.
mother:
Julia Sherman.

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