- Existence: 1917-1985
Howard Richardson was born on December 2, 1917. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1938 and his M.A. in 1940. He attended the University of Iowa from 1940-1942, until entering the army in 1943. During his time as a graduate student at Iowa, Richardson wrote his most famous play, Dark of the Moon. It opened on Broadway in 1945 and ran for two seasons. Richardson did not return to the University of Iowa until 1960, when he finally completed his doctorate. Howard Richardson authored or co-authored nearly fifty plays in the course of his career. He taught playwrighting briefly at the University of Oregon, the College of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, the California State University at Northridge and other schools, usually for periods of one to two years. Dark of the Moon remained Richardson's greatest success and was widely produced by regional and community theaters and school groups. Howard Richardson died in New York City in 1985.
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