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Boys in the Band's Mart Crowley: The Man Who Changed Theatre

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    A chat with Mart Crowley, whose landmark play, The Boys in the Band, deals with gay lifestyles. 

    A chat with openly gay playwright Mart Crowley, whose  landmark play, "The Boys in the Band" (1968), deals with male homosexual lifestyles.

    From almost every critical view, the play was praised by critics, and Crowley was acknowledged as a master composer of economical, pungent, and bitingly-humorous dialogue.

    "An unlikely and gentle gay hero, Mart Crowley made cultural history  . . . [His] revolutionary comedy . . . broke the silence, outed the American theater and put gay Americans center stage."        —San Francisco Chronicle

    "Well regarded as one of Hollywood's great raconteurs. He has reason to be."
    —The Advocate

    After graduating from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1957, Crowley headed west to Hollywood, where he worked for a number of television production companies before meeting Natalie Wood on the set of her film "Splendor in the Grass."

    Watch a CBS interview with Crowley on his friend Ms. Wood (

    In 1979 and 1980, Crowley served first as the executive script editor and then producer of the ABC series "Hart to Hart," starring Wood's husband Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Other credits include the teleplays for "There Must Be a Pony" (1986), "Bluegrass" (1988), "People Like Us" (1990), and a "Hart to Hart" reunion special in 1996.

    He has most recently collaborated in the publication of a children's book called  "Eloise Takes a Bawth," a creation of  Kay  Thompson.

    In 2009, his six stage works were published as "The Collected Works of Mart Crowley."