Playwright David Scott
Milton was an early member of the avant-garde Theater Genesis,
along with Sam Shepard, Leonard Melfi and Murray Mednick. His Off-off
Broadway productions included "The Interrogation Room,"
"Halloween Mask," "The Metaphysical Cop," and
"Scraping Bottom." "Scraping Bottom," under
the title of "Born to Win," became the Czech director
Ivan Passer's first American film, and starred George Segal, Karen
Black and Paula Prentiss.
Other plays were "Duet for
Solo Voice" and "Bread" at the American Place Theater
and a revised version of "Duet for Solo Voice," re-titled
"Duet," on Broadway with Ben Gazzara.
In Los Angeles, "Skin,"
for which Mr. Milton won the Neil Simon Playwrights Award, ran for
nearly a year at The Odyssey Theater. In February 28, 2006, “Skin”
opened to rave reviews at The Angels & Heroes Theater, Halifax,
He has had five novels published:
"The Quarterback" (Dell), "Paradise Road" (Atheneum),
"Kabbalah" (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich), "Skyline"
(Putnam's), “The Fat Lady Sings” (iUniverse). "Paradise
Road" was given the Mark Twain Journal award "for significant
contribution to American literature." A new novel, “Iron
City," is due out later this year.
In 2007, Mr. Milton’s early
novels were reissued by the Authors Guild Back-in-print program.
Mr. Milton’s short stories
have appeared in The Southern California Anthology, The Pearl River
Review, The Southern (Lafayette, Louisiana) Anthology, among others.
His adaptation of David Hare's
"Knuckle" was seen on PBS television. Other television
work includes a stint as story editor on “Starsky and Hutch”
and scripts for the John Houseman syndicated show, “Tales
of the Unexpected.”
He has written three screenplays
for the director, Peter Bogdanovich: "I'll Remember April"
for CBS Theatrical Films, "Paradise Road," for Dino DeLaurentis,
"Saturday, Sunday, Monday," for Warner Bros. In addition
to Mr. Bogdanovich and Ivan Passer, he has worked with Sidney Pollack,
Dick Richards, Irv Kershner, Milos Forman, John Cassavetes, and
He recently completed the screen
adaptation of Jack Valenti's novel, "Protect and Defend"
for Laura Pels-Peter Bogdanovich Productions. His novel, “The
Fat Lady Sings," has been optioned by producer Jerry Tokovsky
(“Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Grass Harp,”
He is at present working on two
non-fiction books, "Soul of Murder," the story of his
work in a maximum security prison; and "Goodfella Buried,"
a continuation of the tale of former mafia henchman Henry Hill,
who had been in the Federal Witness Protection Program for almost
twenty years, and whose early life was the basis of the Nicholas
Pileggi book, "Wiseguy" and the Martin Scorcese film,
Since 1977, he has been a Senior
Lecturer in Drama and Adjunct Professor in Professional Writing
(graduate level) at the University of Southern California. He also
teaches screenwriting in the cinema department.
He has been a special lecturer
at Goddard College and at Cal Arts, as well as consultant to the
creative writing program at the University of South Alabama and
literary consultant to Scott, Foresman Publishers, and Warner Books.
In the recent past he has conducted screenwriting seminars at the
German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and the Duke University
Film and Television Program. Last year he was appointed to the advisory
board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation along with, among
others, David Hockney, Michael York, John Schlessinger, and Armistead
For thirteen years he ran a writers'
workshop on the Maximum Security Yard of the California Correctional
Institution at Tehachapi where his class consisted of a dozen murderers.
In 2004, a one man show, “Murderers
Are My Life," based on his prison experiences, completed a
four month run at The Two Roads Theater in Studio City, CA. It was
also seen at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, New York in
October of last year and had a limited run at the Studio Theater
in Manhattan. It received a nomination as best one-man show by the
Valley Theater League of Los Angeles.