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David Rambo


David Rambo is a playwright, screenwriter and actor. Born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and raised in nearby Spring City, he developed a lifelong interest in literature and art that is due in no small part to having had a mother and grandmother who were librarians.

His plays include God’s Man in Texas, The Ice-Breaker, The Lady with all the Answers, The Spin Cycle and a new adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt. Commissioned by the Geffen Playhouse, Rambo wrote a new book for its highly successful revival of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical Paint Your Wagon, directed by Gil Cates.

Rambo’s plays have been widely produced, both in New York and throughout the country, including regional productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Geffen Playhouse, the Old Globe, Denver Center Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Northlight Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and the Florida Stage.

He has adapted several classic screenplays for live performance, including All About Eve, Casablanca and Adam’s Rib. His adaptation of the Sunset Boulevard screenplay, staged by Peter Hunt, was performed at the Hollywood Bowl as conductor John Mauceri led the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Franz Waxman’s original film score – creating an exciting new form of “symphonic drama” allowing the screenplay and score to happen live, rather than on film.

For the last seven television seasons, he has been a writer for the most widely-viewed TV show in the world, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, for which he is also a supervising producer.

Rambo is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP and Writers Guild of America, West. He lives in Los Angeles with spouse Theodore Heyck, an actor and lawyer. They are longtime Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra patrons. Rambo cites the music of Sibelius as a source of inspiration while writing The Ice-Breaker, both a love story and a science play set against the backdrop of climate change.

David Rambo

photo Randolph Adams

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