Ed Howard is the
co-author of the plays “Greater Tuna”, “A Tuna Christmas”, “Red, White and
Tuna”, “Tuna Does Vegas”, all published by Samuel French.He also co-authored “Splendora” based on the
novel by Edward Swift, and book and lyrics of the musicals “The Body Snatchers” and
“Boy Problems”. He is presently at work on the play “The Landscaper” about a conservative
cul-de-sac neighborhood and a mysterious immigrant from Central America.
Howard is also the author of “The Summer of
Daisy Fay” and “The Glory Getter”, both based on DAISY FAY AND THE MIRACLE MAN,
the first novel by Fanny Flagg; “Hamlet, Texas”, a modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s
“Hamlet” set in West Texas on the ranch of an oil tycoon; and book and lyrics
for “The Tempest Tossed”, a musical comedy spoof of the “The Tempest” featuring
Shakespeare and the Muses.
Over the last thirty-plus years, Howard has directed
Tuna co-authors and stars Joe Sears and Jaston Williams and other stars,
including Oscar nominee John Hawkes and Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Michael
Jeters, in national tours of the Tuna plays.Off-Broadway, he directed “Greater Tuna” and on Broadway, “A Tuna
Christmas”.Off-off Broadway, he
directed “Laughing Stock” by Romulus Lenny, starring Frances
Sternhagan and Jane Connell, which was selected by TIME magazine as one of the
top ten plays of 1984.
The Tuna plays were awarded the Los Angeles
Dramalogue award, the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award, and received Helen
Hayes Award nominations.After its
critically acclaimed Broadway début, “A Tuna Christmas” was published in “Best
Plays of 1995” and garnered for Mr. Sears a Tony nomination.