Mart Crowley

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Mart Crowley
Mart Crowley on the set of The Men from the Boys
Mart Crowley on the set of The Men from the Boys
Born (1935-08-21) August 21, 1935 (age 84)
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, writer
GenreDrama, comedy
Notable worksThe Boys In The Band

Mart Crowley (born August 21, 1935) is an American playwright, best-known for his play The Boys in the Band.[1][2][3]


Crowley was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After graduating from The Catholic University of America (Studying in acting and show business) in Washington, D.C. in 1957, Crowley headed west to Hollywood, where he worked for a number of television production companies before meeting Natalie Wood on the set of her film Splendor in the Grass.[4] Wood hired him as her assistant, primarily to give him ample free time to work on his gay-themed play The Boys in the Band,[5][6] which opened off-Broadway on April 14, 1968 and enjoyed a run of 1,000 performances. Crowley became part of Wood's inner circle of friends that she called "the nucleus", whose main requirement was that they pass a "kindness" test.

The Boys in the Band was adapted into a film in 1970 directed by William Friedkin.[7]

Crowley's sequel to The Boys in the Band was entitled The Men from the Boys.[8]

Crowley also wrote and produced Remote Asylum and the autobiographical A Breeze from the Gulf.

In 1979 and 1980, Crowley served first as the executive script editor and then producer of the ABC series Hart to Hart, starring Wood's husband Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Other credits include the teleplays for There Must Be a Pony (1986), Bluegrass (1988), People Like Us (1990), and a reunion special of Hart to Hart in 1996.

Crowley has appeared in at least three documentaries: The Celluloid Closet (1995), about the depiction of homosexuality in cinema; Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2007), a biography of Crowley's friend and producer Dominick Dunne; and Making the Boys (2011), a documentary about the making of The Boys in the Band. Crowley is openly gay.


  1. ^ Talbot, Mary. "How One Man's 'Band' Changed Theater on Revival's Eve: Theater Folk Recall That Mart Crowley and his 'Boys' Put Gays in Spotlight." New York Daily News 19 June 1996. Web. 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ Roca, Octavia. "'Boys' to 'Men': Mart Crowley's latest play takes 'Boys in the Band' through the past 30 years." San Francisco Chronicle 26 October 2002. Web. 25 May 2012.
  3. ^ Kinser, Jeffrey. "Mart Crowley on His Friend Natalie Wood." The Advocate 23 November 2011. Web. 25 May 2012 [1].
  4. ^ Wagner, Robert J. Pieces of My Heart. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. 138. Google Books. Web. 25 May 2012.
  5. ^ Dunlap, David W. THEATER: In a Revival, Echoes of a Gay War of Words." The New York Daily News 9 June 1996. Web. 25 May 2012.
  6. ^ Journey to an Overlooked Past - The New York Times - June 11, 2000
  7. ^ Canby, Vincent (March 18, 1970). "The Boys in the Band (1970) review". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Roca 2002, p. 1.

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