Gender
Male
Born
Sep 28, 1892
New York, New York, USA
Died
May 08, 1967
Southampton, ENGLAND
Director Producer Writer Source Material Lyricist
Also Known As
Elmer L. Reizenstein [Birthname]
Elmer L. Rice
Relations
Husband of
Betty Field (1942 - 1956) divorced; three children
Comments
Founding member of the Playwrights' Company.
Lovemusik (May 03, 2007 - Jun 24, 2007)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Elmer Rice
MusicalDramaOriginal
Skyscraper (Nov 13, 1965 - Jun 11, 1966)
  • Based on "Dream Girl" by Elmer Rice
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Best Man (Mar 31, 1960 - Jul 08, 1961)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Silent Night, Lonely Night (Dec 03, 1959 - Mar 19, 1960)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Five Finger Exercise (Dec 02, 1959 - Oct 01, 1960)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Flowering Cherry (Oct 21, 1959 - Oct 24, 1959)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Chéri (Oct 12, 1959 - Nov 28, 1959)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Juno (Mar 09, 1959 - Mar 21, 1959)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
MusicalComedyOriginal
Look After Lulu (Mar 03, 1959 - Apr 04, 1959)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
The Gazebo (Dec 12, 1958 - Jun 27, 1959)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedy MysteryOriginal
Cue for Passion (Nov 25, 1958 - Dec 27, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaOriginal
Edwin Booth (Nov 24, 1958 - Dec 13, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
The Pleasure of His Company (Oct 22, 1958 - Nov 21, 1959)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
Handful of Fire (Oct 01, 1958 - Oct 04, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
Howie (Sep 17, 1958 - Sep 20, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
Present Laughter (Jan 31, 1958 - Feb 08, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyRevival
Summer of the 17th Doll (Jan 22, 1958 - Feb 15, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
The Country Wife (Nov 27, 1957 - Jan 04, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyRevival
The Rope Dancers (Nov 20, 1957 - May 03, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
PlayDramaOriginal
Nude With Violin (Nov 14, 1957 - Feb 08, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
Time Remembered (Nov 12, 1957 - Jun 28, 1958)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
PlayRomantic ComedyOriginal
Small War on Murray Hill (Jan 03, 1957 - Jan 12, 1957)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
The Lovers (May 10, 1956 - May 12, 1956)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
The Ponder Heart (Feb 16, 1956 - Jun 23, 1956)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
Once Upon A Tailor (May 23, 1955 - May 28, 1955)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Mar 24, 1955 - Nov 17, 1956)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
PlayDramaOriginal
The Bad Seed (Dec 08, 1954 - Sep 27, 1955)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
The Traveling Lady (Oct 27, 1954 - Nov 20, 1954)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
All Summer Long (Sep 23, 1954 - Nov 13, 1954)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Ondine (Feb 18, 1954 - Jul 03, 1954)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayRomanceOriginal
The Winner (Feb 17, 1954 - Mar 13, 1954)
  • Directed by Elmer Rice
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayOriginal
In the Summer House (Dec 29, 1953 - Feb 13, 1954)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Sabrina Fair (Nov 11, 1953 - Aug 21, 1954)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
PlayComedyOriginal
Tea and Sympathy (Sep 30, 1953 - Jun 18, 1955)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
PlayDramaOriginal
The Emperor's Clothes (Feb 09, 1953 - Feb 21, 1953)
  • Produced in association with The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
Mr. Pickwick (Sep 17, 1952 - Nov 08, 1952)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyRevival
The Grand Tour (Dec 10, 1951 - Dec 15, 1951)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayOriginal
Barefoot in Athens (Oct 31, 1951 - Nov 24, 1951)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
PlayDrama HistoryOriginal
The Fourposter (Oct 24, 1951 - May 02, 1953)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
PlayComedyOriginal
Dream Girl (May 09, 1951 - May 20, 1951)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedyRevival
Not for Children (Feb 13, 1951 - Feb 17, 1951)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedyOriginal
Lost in the Stars (Oct 30, 1949 - Jul 01, 1950)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Kurt Weill; John F. Wharton)
MusicalTragedyOriginal
The Smile of the World (Jan 12, 1949 - Jan 15, 1949)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Street Scene (Jan 09, 1947 - May 17, 1947)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Book by Elmer Rice
  • Based on the play by Elmer Rice
MusicalDramaOriginal
Joan of Lorraine (Nov 18, 1946 - May 10, 1947)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Kurt Weill; John F. Wharton)
PlayDrama HistoryOriginal
Truckline Cafe (Feb 27, 1946 - Mar 09, 1946)
  • Produced in association with The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Dream Girl (Dec 14, 1945 - Dec 14, 1946)
  • Directed by Elmer Rice
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; S.N. Behrman; John F. Wharton)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedyOriginal
The Rugged Path (Nov 10, 1945 - Jan 19, 1946)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Storm Operation (Jan 11, 1944 - Jan 29, 1944)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
A New Life (Sep 15, 1943 - Nov 13, 1943)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayOriginal
The Patriots (Jan 29, 1943 - Jun 26, 1943)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
The Pirate (Nov 25, 1942 - Apr 27, 1943)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayComedyOriginal
Counsellor-at-Law (Nov 24, 1942 - Jul 10, 1943)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayRevival
The Eve of St. Mark (Oct 07, 1942 - Jun 26, 1943)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
Candle in the Wind (Oct 22, 1941 - Jan 10, 1942)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
The Talley Method (Feb 24, 1941 - Apr 12, 1941)
  • Directed by Elmer Rice
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayOriginal
Flight to the West (Dec 30, 1940 - Apr 26, 1941)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayOriginal
Journey to Jerusalem (Oct 05, 1940 - Oct 19, 1940)
  • Directed by Elmer Rice
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
There Shall Be No Night (Sep 09, 1940 - Nov 02, 1940)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
There Shall Be No Night (Apr 29, 1940 - Aug 09, 1940)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
Two On An Island (Jan 22, 1940 - Apr 13, 1940)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedyOriginal
Key Largo (Nov 27, 1939 - Feb 24, 1940)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
PlayDramaOriginal
American Landscape (Dec 03, 1938 - Jan 1939)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaOriginal
Knickerbocker Holiday (Oct 19, 1938 - Mar 11, 1939)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
MusicalComedyOriginal
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Oct 15, 1938 - Nov 25, 1939)
  • Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaOriginal
Between Two Worlds (Oct 25, 1934 - Nov 1934)
  • Produced by Elmer Rice
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaOriginal
Judgment Day (Sep 12, 1934 - Dec 1934)
  • Produced by Elmer Rice
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaOriginal
We, The People (Jan 21, 1933 - Mar 1933)
  • Produced by Elmer Rice
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayOriginal
Black Sheep (Oct 13, 1932 - Oct 1932)
  • Produced by Elmer Rice
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedyOriginal
Counsellor-at-Law (Sep 12, 1932 - May 27, 1933)
  • Produced by Elmer Rice
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaRevival
Counsellor-at-Law (Nov 06, 1931 - Jul 06, 1932)
  • Produced by Elmer Rice
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaOriginal
The Left Bank (Oct 05, 1931 - May 1932)
  • Produced by Elmer Rice
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayDramaOriginal
See Naples and Die (Sep 24, 1929 - Nov 1929)
  • Directed by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedyOriginal
The Subway (Jan 25, 1929 - Feb 1929)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayOriginal
Street Scene (Jan 10, 1929 - Jun 1930)
  • Staged by Elmer Rice
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayOriginal
Cock Robin (Jan 12, 1928 - Apr 1928)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedy DramaOriginal
The Mongrel (Dec 15, 1924 - Jan 12, 1925)
  • Book adapted by Elmer L. Rice
PlayOriginal
Close Harmony (Dec 01, 1924 - Dec 1924)
  • Written by Elmer Rice
PlayComedyOriginal
The Adding Machine (Mar 19, 1923 - May 19, 1923)
  • Written by Elmer L. Rice
PlayTragedyOriginal
It Is the Law (Nov 29, 1922 - Mar 1923)
  • Written by Elmer L. Rice
PlayMelodramaOriginal
Wake Up, Jonathan! (Jan 17, 1921 - Apr 1921)
  • Written by Elmer L. Rice
PlayComedy PuppetsOriginal
For the Defense (Dec 19, 1919 - Feb 21, 1920)
  • Written by Elmer L. Rice
PlayOriginal
The Home of the Free (Oct 31, 1917 - Apr 27, 1918)
  • Written by Elmer L. Reizenstein
PlayOriginal
On Trial (Aug 19, 1914 - Jul 1915)
  • Written by Elmer L. Rice
PlayOriginal

Tony Award®

 

Best Play

1960 | Nominee  | The Best Man
Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; S.N. Behrman; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Sidney Howard)
 

Best Play

1958 | Nominee  | Time Remembered
Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
 

Best Play

1958 | Nominee  | The Rope Dancers
Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)
 

Best Play

1956 | Nominee  | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson; Robert Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert E. Sherwood; Roger L. Stevens; John F. Wharton)

Pulitzer Prize

for Drama

1929 | Winner  | Street Scene
Written by Elmer Rice

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