Gender
Male
Born
Jun 29, 1919
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Died
Jun 29, 2006
New York, New York, USA
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Biography: Lloyd George Richards was born on June 29, 1919 in Toronto, Canada. He studied law at Wayne University, and he served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He taught in the actor training program at New York University. He was the head of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He was dean of the Yale School of Drama and artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theater in the 1980s. He married dancer Barbara Davenport, with whom he had his sons Scott and Thomas.

TV Credits include: "The Piano Lesson," "American Playhouse," "Paul Robeson," "Roots: The Next Generations," "Freeman," "Visions," and "The Wide World of Mystery."

Other Awards: Received the National Medal of Arts in 1993.

Trivia:
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on June 29, 2006.
Seven Guitars (Mar 28, 1996 - Sep 08, 1996)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
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Two Trains Running (Apr 13, 1992 - Aug 30, 1992)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
  • Originally produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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The Cemetery Club (May 15, 1990 - Jul 01, 1990)
  • Originally produced by the Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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The Piano Lesson (Apr 16, 1990 - Jan 27, 1991)
  • Produced by Lloyd Richards
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
  • Produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
  • Originally mounted in 1987 by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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Ah, Wilderness! (Jun 23, 1988 - Jul 23, 1988)
  • Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
  • This production was mounted originally by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (Jun 14, 1988 - Jul 23, 1988)
  • Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
  • This production was mounted originally by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Mar 27, 1988 - Jun 26, 1988)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
  • Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
  • World Premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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A Walk in the Woods (Feb 28, 1988 - Jun 26, 1988)
  • Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
  • Originally produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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Fences (Mar 26, 1987 - Jun 26, 1988)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
  • Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
  • World Premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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Blood Knot (Dec 10, 1985 - Mar 02, 1986)
  • Originally produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Oct 11, 1984 - Jun 09, 1985)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
  • Originally produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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"MASTER HAROLD"…and the boys (May 04, 1982 - Feb 26, 1983)
  • Originally produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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A Lesson From Aloes (Nov 17, 1980 - Feb 08, 1981)
  • Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
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Paul Robeson (Jan 19, 1978 - Apr 30, 1978)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
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The Yearling (Dec 10, 1965 - Dec 11, 1965)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
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I Had a Ball (Dec 15, 1964 - Jun 12, 1965)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
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The Moon Besieged (Dec 05, 1962 - Dec 05, 1962)
  • Staged by Lloyd Richards
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The Long Dream (Feb 17, 1960 - Feb 20, 1960)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
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A Raisin in the Sun (Mar 11, 1959 - Jun 25, 1960)
  • Directed by Lloyd Richards
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The Egghead (Oct 09, 1957 - Oct 26, 1957)
  • Performer: Lloyd Richards [Perry Hall]
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A Phoenix Too Frequent / Freight (Apr 26, 1950 - Apr 29, 1950)
  • Performer: Lloyd Richards [Oz]
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Tony Award®

 

Best Direction of a Play

1996 | Nominee  | Seven Guitars
Directed by Lloyd Richards

Regional Theatre Award

1991 | Recipient
Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Best Play

1990 | Nominee  | The Piano Lesson
Produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Best Direction of a Play

1990 | Nominee  | The Piano Lesson
Directed by Lloyd Richards
 

Best Play

1990 | Nominee  | The Piano Lesson
Produced by Lloyd Richards
 

Best Revival

1989 | Nominee  | Ah, Wilderness!
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Best Play

1988 | Nominee  | A Walk in the Woods
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Best Play

1988 | Nominee  | Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Best Direction of a Play

1988 | Nominee  | Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Directed by Lloyd Richards

Best Play

1987 | Winner  | Fences
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)

Best Direction of a Play

1987 | Winner  | Fences
Directed by Lloyd Richards
 

Best Play

1981 | Nominee  | A Lesson From Aloes
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Best Direction of a Play

1960 | Nominee  | A Raisin in the Sun
Directed by Lloyd Richards

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Director of a Play

1996 | Nominee  | Seven Guitars
Directed by Lloyd Richards
 

Outstanding Director of a Play

1990 | Nominee  | The Piano Lesson
Directed by Lloyd Richards

Outstanding New Play

1990 | Winner  | The Piano Lesson
Produced by Lloyd Richards

Outstanding New Play

1990 | Winner  | The Piano Lesson
Produced by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Outstanding Revival

1989 | Nominee  | Long Day's Journey Into Night
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Outstanding Director of a Play

1988 | Nominee  | Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Directed by Lloyd Richards
 

Outstanding New Play

1988 | Nominee  | Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)
 

Outstanding Director of a Play

1987 | Nominee  | Fences
Directed by Lloyd Richards

Outstanding New Play

1987 | Winner  | Fences
Produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director)

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