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Dennis J. Reardon

Playwright, Professor of Playwriting

Lawrence High School




Dennis Reardon is a playwright and a professor of playwriting at Indiana University.

He earned a BA from the University of Kansas in 1966. Where he was the recipient of the Hopkins award to the outstanding scholar in English in 1965 and again in 1966, he taught English at Indiana University from 1966 to 1967.

Upon his discharge from tile Army in 1969 he moved to New York City for rehearsals of his first professional production, The Happiness Cage, later released as a film starring Christopher Walken in his first screen role.

He earned the Shubert Playwriting Fellowship at the University of Michigan I 1970 and the Avery Hopwood drama competition in 1971 for the Siamese Connections.

Many of his award-winning plays have been produced internationally. He has a Doctor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany. One of his plays, Last Days of the Highflier, is an epic drama set "in a town resembling Lawrence, Kansas in 1963"Famous Works

Plays Produced

• The Happiness Cage, Public Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival,1970, Brandeis University, Temple University, Cricket, Minneapolis, MN, Toneelgroep Globe, the Netherlands (toured), Performing Arts Company, Silverton, South Africa

• Siamese Connections, University of Michigan, 1971, Actors Studio, NY, 1972

• Public Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1973, P.A.C.T., Los Angeles

• The Leaf People, Booth, NY, 1975

• The Incredible Standing Man and His Friends, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, 1980

• Steeple Jack, reading, Portland Stage Company, Portland ME, 1983

• Subterranean Homesick Blues Again, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1983

Plays Unproduced

• Unauthorized Entries (Security, Club Renaissance)

Principal Film Work

• Screen adaptation of Happiness Cage, 1972

Dennis J. Reardon
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