Stephen Most

Stephen Most (born January 21, 1943) is an American playwright and documentary screenwriter. In a career spanning more than four decades, Most has written or collaborated on nine plays and twenty-four documentaries, including four Academy Award nominees. Stephen Most was born in San Diego, California the son of May (née Lazarus) and Nathan Most, a businessman. Most has two brothers, John and Robert, and a sister, Barbara. At Harvard College, Most studied myth, history, and society under the guidance of Erik H. Erikson. In 1964, he received a Cornell University field studies grant to do anthropological research in Perú. After graduating from Harvard cum laude, Most returned to Perú as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In 1967, he became a graduate student at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought. His professors there were Hannah Arendt, Saul Bellow, and Marshall Hodgson. Most left with an MA in 1970. Most began his playwriting career with the award-winning Poe, which the Organic Theater Company produced twice in Chicago. Together with playwright Joan Holden and director Jael Weisman, he wrote Loon's Rage, which launched the Dell'Arte Players Company.


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