William MacDuff is a playwright and lyricist. While he was a student at Columbia University, his first works were produced at nearby Trinity Theatre; these included The Sound of Many Waters (written with Brian Everingham) and an adaptation of The Beggar's Opera (new music by Gary Green). His plays, Little Things to Joke About, Humane Treatment, and The Family Hour, have been presented at UCLA and other theaters in Los Angeles. His historical drama, Out of the Ordinary, won competitive awards from the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Foundation and The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation; the latter award is given annually to a work of literature based on an important event in Gay History. Musical works produced in Los Angeles include In Clay (music by Elizabeth Naccarato); White Trash in Love (music by David Coleman); and, most recently, Something Old, Something New (music also by David Coleman). During the past year, he completed the libretto for an opera entitled No Man's Land, music by Scott A. Tibbs.
In addition to a B.A. from Columbia, Mr. MacDuff received an M.F.A. in playwriting from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. He is a graduate of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and for two years was a member of the Mark Taper Forum's Mentor Playwright Program. He works extensively as a dramaturg on new and classic works in Los Angeles and at theaters as diverse as those at Lincoln Center, the American Conservatory Theater, and Shakespeare & Co. Thanks to the internet, he has even been able to work on productions in Australia at the Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne's Playbox Theatre. His published articles on constructions of sexuality in drama include essays on Japanese medieval texts and the plays and operas of Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. He has taught at Pepperdine University and is currently employed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in UCLA's Department of Theater, where he teaches theater history and play analysis.
MUSIC WITH WORDS
Keeping the Ocean Free (2000)
If Not at Christmas (2000)
The Gift You Gave (2000)
Rosarium, a drama for chorus (1999)
Fa La La (Blah, blah, blah) (1997)
YRM = Yelton Rhodes Music (Los Angeles)