David Ives was born David Roszkowski (a name he would change before he entered college) in Chicago, Illinois, in 1951. He had a blue-collar childhood as the son of a machinist and a secretary and began writing plays at an early age for family and friends. He continued writing as a student at Northwestern University in Illinois, where a few of his early plays were mounted as student productions. He earned a B.A. in English from Northwestern in 1971, then spent a few years doing various jobs such as teaching in West Germany and working in a bookstore. Eventually taking a job as a junior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, Ives moved to New York City and continued to write plays.
After his now-obscure play Canvas was produced by a small company in Los Angeles, Ives decided to write plays full time. He entered the prestigious Yale Drama School in 1981, earning his M.F.A. in playwriting three years later. After graduating, he acquired an agent and moved to Hollywood to write for film and television. Unhappy with what he viewed as the frustrating development process of Hollywood, Ives left the West Coast in the late 1980’s for New York, where he quickly formed a relationship with the comedy club Manhattan Punch Line. Punch Line originally produced several of the works that eventually became a part of his hit All in the Timing, including Seven Menus, Sure Thing, and Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread....
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