Playwright Herb Gardner's major works are available in a new, single volume, "Herb Gardner: The Collected Plays," released by Applause Books. Five plays and one screenplay, with introductions by artists associated with Gardner's respective projects, are included in the 490-page, illustrated book. An introduction by Gardner is also between the covers.
"Herb Gardner: The Collected Plays" includes A Thousand Clowns (intro by Jason Robards), The Goodbye People (intro by Elaine May), Thieves (intro by Charles Grodin), I'm Not Rappaport (into by Paul Scofield), Conversations With My Father (intros by Alan Ayckbourn and Pete Hamill) and the screenplay, "Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?" (intros by Dustin Hoffman and Judith Crist).
There are plans for Tom Selleck to star in a Broadway revival of A Thousand Clowns in the 2000-2001 season.
In 1986, Gardner won the Best Play Tony Away for I'm Not Rappaport. His work has been golden for actor Judd Hirsch, who took home a Best Actor Tony for I'm Not Rappaport and Conversations With My Father.
-- By Kenneth Jones