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Arnold Rabin

Arnold Rabin began his career as a TV writer-producer-director with the networks, then as Chief of English Language Television Services for the United Nations, and finally as Administrator of Special Projects and Executive Producer for PBS. During these years his documentaries and TV plays received such commendations as a Harcourt-Brace best TV Play Citation, a New York Emmy nomination, an Edinburgh Film Festival showing, and Ohio State and Variety awards. Nine of his television programs as well as a radio play and a staged reading of his play, The Queen of Thebes have recently been acquired by the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio.) As a playwright he was selected a Fellow to the Edward Albee Foundation, and he is the recipient of the Distinguished Play Award from the American Council for Theatre and Education, the Denver Drama Critics Best New Play Award, the Drama League of New York's Playwright Award, and the Grand Prize at the International Jacksonville Competition and the Aspen Playwrights'Festival. His play, The Man-Child received the Distinguished Play Award from the Indiana International Children's Playwriting Competition and has been included in the anthology, Theatre for Young Audiences: Twenty Great Plays for Children. He has received a playwriting grant from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts and a creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other Plays: The Outing, a family drama focused on the struggles of a teenage boy, adapted from an award winning TV play (Dramatic Publicating Company);  About Iris Berman, the story of a misguided love affair; Henry Apples, or The Powers of Love Attested, a modern story in the manner of a medieval morality play: God, the Devil, Man and Woman; Friends and Relations, a double bill of theme-related one acts dealing with the loss of identity; The Queen of Thebes, the Oedipus story told from Jocasta's point of view; Lady I and Lady II Talk Like Pigeons..., a dramatic comedy depicting the landscape of a woman's mind; Quartet for a Queen, the real story of Mary Tudor's life and love; What do people talk about when they have nothing to say?, an exploration of critical and fundamental differences in two marriages; The Peaceable Kingdom, the journey of a woman's physical and spiritual safari in Kenya; My Mother Kept Telling Me It Wouldn't Rain, a twenty minute play capturing a moment of understanding in a marriage; There are Still White Flowers, a ten minute play in which a husband and wife renew the possibility of their life together; Epilogue, a radio play about a talented young man's fascination with a talented older woman. Mr. Rabin's short stories have appeared in numerous literary and commercial magazines; his novel, The Rat and The Rose received a finalist book award from the Small Press Association. His book The Sexual Guide to Written Intercourse... was recently published by Consortium Publications. He is also the author of a book and short stories for children published by Golden Books.


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