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Ben Edwards

Designer, Producer
( b. Jul 05, 1916 Union Springs, Alabama, USA - d. Feb 12, 1999 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Relations: Husband of Jane Greenwood
Ben Edwards was one of the most important and productive scenic designers on Broadway for more than 50 years. Distinguished and courtly, Mr. Edwards was celebrated for the striking designs he created for plays by Eugene O'Neill, William Inge and other American dramatists, as well as for his work with classics by playwrights including Euripides, Shakespeare and Shaw.

As a designer, he was triply talented, often doing the settings, lighting and costumes. In recent years, he concentrated on settings, frequently with his wife as costume designer.

Influenced by Robert Edmond Jones and Jo Mielziner, he was a master of evocative interiors, creating in fine detail rooms with diverse atmospheres: the rustic tavern of O'Neill's Touch of the Poet, the small-town homeyness of Inge's Dark at the Top of the Stairs and the decaying elegance of Henry James's Aspern Papers (in Michael Redgrave's adaptation).

With ease and expertise, he could move into the monumental, with his designs for Robert Whitehead's two productions of Medea, in 1947 with Judith Anderson and in 1982 with Zoe Caldwell.

As a demonstration of his versatility, Mr. Edwards created the emblematic design of Richard Burton's "rehearsal" version of Hamlet and the modular settings for A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin.

Among the scores of Broadway shows for which he designed the scenery were Time of the Cuckoo, The Ponder Heart, Waltz of the Toreadors, A Shot in the Dark, The Disenchanted, More Stately Mansions, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Purlie Victorious and its musical version Purlie, A Texas Trilogy, the Dustin Hoffman revival of Death of a Salesman and revivals in the late 1980's of The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey into Night, both starring Jason Robards.

His most recent shows were Vita and Virginia and the 1996 revival of Herb Gardner's Thousand Clowns at the Roundabout Theater Company. Although he was often nominated for Tony awards (as producer as well as designer), he did not win one until last year when he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Source: The New York Times obituary



Productions Date of Productions
A Thousand Clowns
[Play, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Jul 14, 1996 - Aug 10, 1996
The Show Off
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Nov 05, 1992 - Dec 13, 1992
A Streetcar Named Desire
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 12, 1992 - Aug 09, 1992
Park Your Car in Harvard Yard
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Nov 07, 1991 - Feb 22, 1992
A Few Good Men
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Nov 15, 1989 - Jan 26, 1991
Long Day's Journey Into Night
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Jun 14, 1988 - Jul 23, 1988
Lillian
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 16, 1986 - Feb 23, 1986
The Iceman Cometh
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Produced by Ben Edwards
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Sep 29, 1985 - Dec 01, 1985
Death of a Salesman
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Sep 14, 1984 - Nov 18, 1984
Death of a Salesman
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Mar 29, 1984 - Jul 01, 1984
Medea
[Play, Drama, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
May 02, 1982 - Jun 27, 1982
The West Side Waltz
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Nov 19, 1981 - Mar 13, 1982
To Grandmother's House We Go
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 15, 1981 - Mar 08, 1981
A Touch of the Poet
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 28, 1977 - Apr 30, 1978
An Almost Perfect Person
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 27, 1977 - Jan 28, 1978
Anna Christie
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 14, 1977 - Jul 30, 1977
A Texas Trilogy: The Oldest Living Graduate
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Sep 23, 1976 - Oct 29, 1976
A Texas Trilogy: The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Sep 22, 1976 - Oct 31, 1976
A Texas Trilogy: Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Sep 21, 1976 - Oct 30, 1976
A Matter of Gravity
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 03, 1976 - Apr 10, 1976
A Moon for the Misbegotten
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 29, 1973 - Nov 17, 1974
Finishing Touches
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 08, 1973 - Jun 30, 1973
Look Away
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 07, 1973 - Jan 07, 1973
Purlie
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 27, 1972 - Jan 07, 1973
Hay Fever
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Nov 09, 1970 - Nov 28, 1970
Purlie
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Mar 15, 1970 - Nov 06, 1971
The Mother Lover
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 01, 1969 - Feb 01, 1969
The Freaking Out of Stephanie Blake
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Never Officially Opened - Nov 01, 1967
More Stately Mansions
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 31, 1967 - Mar 02, 1968
How's the World Treating You?
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 24, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966
Where's Daddy?
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Mar 02, 1966 - Mar 19, 1966
Nathan Weinstein, Mystic, Connecticut
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 25, 1966 - Feb 26, 1966
The Royal Hunt of the Sun
[Play, Original]
  • New York Production Supervised by Ben Edwards
Oct 26, 1965 - Jun 11, 1966
A Race of Hairy Men!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Ben Edwards
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 29, 1965 - May 01, 1965
The Family Way
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 13, 1965 - Jan 16, 1965
The Changeling
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 29, 1964 - Dec 23, 1964
Hamlet
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 09, 1964 - Aug 08, 1964
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Ben Edwards
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 30, 1963 - Feb 15, 1964
Ages of Man
[Play, Solo, Drama, Revival]
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 14, 1963 - Apr 21, 1963
Harold
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Produced in association with Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Nov 29, 1962 - Dec 15, 1962
The Aspern Papers
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 07, 1962 - Apr 28, 1962
A Shot in the Dark
[Play, Farce, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 18, 1961 - Sep 22, 1962
Purlie Victorious
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Sep 28, 1961 - May 13, 1962
Big Fish, Little Fish
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Ben Edwards
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Mar 15, 1961 - Jun 10, 1961
Midgie Purvis
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 01, 1961 - Feb 18, 1961
Face of a Hero
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 20, 1960 - Nov 19, 1960
A Second String
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 13, 1960 - May 07, 1960
Heartbreak House
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 18, 1959 - Jan 23, 1960
God and Kate Murphy
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 26, 1959 - Mar 07, 1959
Ages of Man
[Play, Solo, Drama, Original]
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 28, 1958 - Jan 31, 1959
The Disenchanted
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 03, 1958 - May 16, 1959
A Touch of the Poet
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 02, 1958 - Jun 13, 1959
Jane Eyre
[Play, Romance, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
May 01, 1958 - Jun 14, 1958
The Waltz of the Toreadors
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Mar 04, 1958 - Mar 29, 1958
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 05, 1957 - Jan 17, 1959
The Waltz of the Toreadors
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 17, 1957 - May 11, 1957
The Ponder Heart
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 16, 1956 - Jun 23, 1956
Someone Waiting
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 14, 1956 - Feb 25, 1956
The Honeys
[Play, Farce, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 28, 1955 - May 28, 1955
Tonight in Samarkand
[Play, Melodrama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 16, 1955 - Mar 12, 1955
Anastasia
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 29, 1954 - Sep 24, 1955
The Traveling Lady
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 27, 1954 - Nov 20, 1954
Lullaby
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 03, 1954 - Mar 13, 1954
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 30, 1953 - Jul 10, 1954
The Emperor's Clothes
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 09, 1953 - Feb 21, 1953
The Time of the Cuckoo
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 15, 1952 - May 30, 1953
Sunday Breakfast
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
May 28, 1952 - Jun 08, 1952
Desire Under the Elms
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 16, 1952 - Feb 23, 1952
The Taming of the Shrew
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Apr 25, 1951 - May 06, 1951
King Richard II
[Play, History, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 24, 1951 - Feb 04, 1951
The Royal Family
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 10, 1951 - Jan 21, 1951
Captain Brassbound's Conversion
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Dec 27, 1950 - Jan 07, 1951
Legend of Sarah
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 11, 1950 - Nov 04, 1950
The Bird Cage
[Play, Original]
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 22, 1950 - Mar 11, 1950
Diamond Lil
[Play, Comedy, Melodrama, Revival]
  • Settings by Ben Edwards
Sep 07, 1949 - Jan 21, 1950
Medea
[Play, Drama, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
May 02, 1949 - May 21, 1949
Diamond Lil
[Play, Comedy, Melodrama, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 05, 1949 - Feb 26, 1949
Sundown Beach
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Sep 07, 1948 - Sep 11, 1948
Medea
[Play, Drama, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Oct 20, 1947 - May 15, 1948
Another Sun
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
Feb 23, 1940 - Mar 02, 1940
Diff'rent
[Play, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 25, 1938 - Feb 12, 1938
Pygmalion
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 25, 1938 - Feb 12, 1938
Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 25, 1938 - Feb 12, 1938
Coriolanus
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 25, 1938 - Feb 12, 1938
No More Peace
[Play, Revival]
  • Costume Design by Ben Edwards
Jan 25, 1938 - Feb 12, 1938
1998 Tony Award® Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement
nominee Ben Edwards [recipient]
1986 Tony Award® Best Reproduction (Play or Musical)
 The Iceman Cometh [nominee]
Produced by Ben Edwards
1986 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 The Iceman Cometh [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1986 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival
 The Iceman Cometh [nominee]
Produced by Ben Edwards
1982 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 Medea [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1976 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 A Matter of Gravity [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1974 Tony Award® Best Lighting Design
 A Moon for the Misbegotten [nominee]
Lighting Design by Ben Edwards
1964 Tony Award® Best Play
 The Ballad of the Sad Cafe [nominee]
Produced by Ben Edwards
1964 Tony Award® Best Producer (Dramatic)
 The Ballad of the Sad Cafe [nominee]
Produced by Ben Edwards
1964 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 The Ballad of the Sad Cafe [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1959 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 Jane Eyre [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1958 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1957 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 The Waltz of the Toreadors [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1956 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 The Ponder Heart [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1956 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 Someone Waiting [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
1956 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design
 The Honeys [nominee]
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards
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