B'way scribe leads the new school

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Scribe Richard Nelson has been named chairman of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama.

The new role for the erudite author of such Broadway and Off Broadway plays as “Some Americans Abroad,” “Franny’s Way” and “Rodney’s Wife” takes effect July 1. He succeeds Mark Bly and interim head Robert Blacker.

Nelson, whose works are regularly presented in London as well as New York, received a Tony for the book he co-wrote with Shaun Davey for the musical “James Joyce’s The Dead.” His play “Two Shakespearean Actors” was nominated for the play Tony. Other plays include “The General From America” (about Benedict Arnold), “Madame Melville,” “New England” and “My Life With Albertine” (written with Ricky Ian Gordon).

“The Controversy of Valladolid,” which he adapted from a play by Jean-Claude Carriere, just opened at Off Broadway’s Public Theater.

His adaptation of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” premieres at Yale Rep later this month. He also wrote the screenplay of “Ethan Frome.”

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