Harold Ellis Clark
Harold Ellis Clark
Harold Ellis Clark is a finalist in Playhouse on the Square’s New Works@The Works Playwriting Competition for his play, We Live Here. A staged reading of the play is scheduled for December 1, 2013 at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. Earlier this year, he was honored for his play, Tour Detour, as one of two finalists for the 56th Annual (2013) Stanley Drama Award, coordinated by Wagner College (Staten Island, NY). The award ceremony took place at The Players in Manhattan, NY on March 18, 2013.
He was a finalist for Tour Detour in Stage West’s 7th Annual (2013) Southwest Playwriting Competition, and named a semi-finalist for the 2013 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. His screenplay, Chummy’s Spirit (adapted from his self-published novel of the same name), was named an official selection for the 2013 International Family Film Festival (Hollywood, CA).
Fishers of Men, the critically-acclaimed play Clark adapted from his screenplay, The New Saints, debuted to sold-out audiences in June 2012 at Dillard University’s Cook Theatre in New Orleans. The play, for which Clark was named winner of UpStage Theatre Company’s 4th Annual (2013) Emerging Playwright Project, made its regional debut in Baton Rouge, LA in September 2013 and played to sold-out audiences as well. Encore performances in October 2013 sold-out within a few days of being announced.
Clark wrote numerous unpublished novels and unproduced screenplays for more than 18 years before starting to write plays in 2010 at the suggestion of veteran actor Lance E. Nichols (“Larry Williams” in HBO’s Treme), who was impressed with the dialogue in one of his unpublished novels. Subsequently, his play, Marrero Action, debuted in March 2011 at the Anthony Bean Community Theater in New Orleans. The play was adapted from his unpublished novel of the same name for which he was named one of eight finalists for the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize, sponsored annually by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. His screenplay, Urban Realities, was made into a short 2000 film, starring Mykel Shannon Jenkins (ABC’s Ugly Betty; CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful).
Clark, for twelve years, has been host/producer of WYLD-FM’s Sunday Journal with Hal Clark, five-time winner of the “Best Radio Talk Show” award at the annual Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards Competition Gala.
Cast and creative team for FISHERS OF MEN: Martin "Bats" Bradford ("Dabarrow", seated left), Harold Ellis Clark (standing left), Oliver Thomas ("Bishop Perriloux", seated center), Al Aubry ("Deacon Job", standing center), John Grimsley (director/set designer, standing right), and Damien Moses ("Vic", seated right). Photo by Jim Belfon