Ken Ludwig Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Ken Ludwig is a man with different names for his two divergent careers: As an attorney, he is Kenneth D. Ludwig; he writes plays under his abbreviated name. Born in York, Pennsylvania, he graduated from York Suburban High School in 1968. He chose Haverford College in Pennsylvania to study music theory and composition. Following graduation in 1972 with a B.A., magna cum laude, Ludwig faced some hard decisions about his future.

From the time he saw his first play at age six, Ludwig yearned to be in the theater. His mother’s theatrical interests and family trips to Broadway shows had enticed him, and he considered playwriting. However, his physician father, Jacob S. Ludwig, advised his son to pursue a career that would offer greater stability.

Ludwig entered Harvard Law School. Partway through his studies, he decided to attend Trinity College at Cambridge University in England. At Trinity, Ludwig opted to study English literature. He graduated from Trinity in 1975 and returned to Harvard to graduate in 1976. That year was an eventful one for Ludwig. He went to work at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C., and married attorney Adrienne George. They would have two children.

From 1976 to 1989, Ludwig worked as an attorney in international business and entertainment law, but each morning he would rise at 4:30 a.m. and write until it was time to leave for the firm. His first production while he juggled dual...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Gluck, Victor. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Back Stage 42(May 11, 2001): 45. One reviewer’s opinion of Ludwig’s Broadway musical.

Riggs, Thomas, ed. Contemporary Dramatists. 6th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999. Comprehensive biographical resource.

Traubner, Richard. “Broadway: Life Beyond The Producers.” American Record Guide 64, no. 5 (September, 2001): 30. The article discusses Ludwig’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.