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Marcus Thomas Nelson

Marcus Thomas Nelson, American playwright, producer. Member, resource person Chicago Theatre Coalition, 1974; member Chicago Alliance for the Performing Arts, 1975; co-founder, member Black Theatre Alliance, Chicago, 1975; member South Shore Cultural Council, Chicago, 1977.

Background

  • Nelson, Marcus Thomas was born on October 29, 1919 in Elizabeth, Mississippi, United States. Son of Benjamin Marshall and Maude Elizabeth (Threlkeld) Nelson.

  • Career

    • Leader Civilian Conservation Corps., Aledo, Illinois, 1937-1939. Spice grinder LaSalle Manufacturing Company, Chicago, 1939-1943. Machinist journeyman Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Honolulu, 1943-1949.

      Streetcar motorman Chicago Transit Authority, 1949-1951. Machinist, journeyman Kodiak (Alaska) Naval Air Base, 1951-1952. Photo-journalist The Good Publishing Company, Paris, 1953.

      Bus operator Chicago Transit Authority, 1954-1965. Cab driver The Yellow Cab Company, Chicago, 1965-1966. Theatre manager Hull House Parkway Community Theatre, 1966-1968.

      Short order cook United States Army Reserve-McNair Barracks, Berlin, Germany, 1968-1969. Specialist in theatre University Wisconsin-Downer Campus, Milwaukee, 1970-1971. Playwright producer The Village Church, 1971-1973, New Concept Theatre, Chicago, from 1973.

      Playwright/poet The The National Library of Poetry, Owings Mills, Maryland. Manager The Modern Bookstore, Chicago, 1985-1988.

    Works

    • Adaptor: (plays) The Lord is Thy Passion, 1986, The Jogger Story, 1988, author over 42 plays including. Listed playwright Black Playwrights, 1823-1977 Annotated Bibliography of Plays (James V. Hatch and Omanii Obdullah), 1977. Contributing poet: (anthologies) Beyond the Stars, 1995, 96, The Best Poems of the '90s, 1996, Take Us The Foxes II, 1998.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Church of God

    Membership

    Member, resource person Chicago Theatre Coalition, 1974. Member Chicago Alliance for the Performing Arts, 1975. Co-founder, member Black Theatre Alliance, Chicago, 1975.

    Member South Shore Cultural Council, Chicago, 1977.

    Personality

    Interests

    Reading, yoga, exercise, walking, cooking.

    Connections

    • Married Vivian O. Walker, December 5, 1942 (divorced March 1950). Married Susan Hill, October 22, 1960 (divorced May 1963). Married Sally Lou Spurgat Nelson, April 25, 1973 (divorced Febr.
    • father: Benjamin Marshall Nelson
    • mother: Maude Elizabeth (Threlkeld) Nelson
    • spouses: Vivian O. Walker
    • Susan Hill
    • Sally Lou Spurgat Nelson
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    Born October 29, 1919
    Died April 11, 2008
    (aged 88)
    Nationality
    • 1937 - 1939
      Leader, Civilian Conservation Corps
      Aledo, Texas, United States
    • 1939 - 1943
      spice grinder LaSalle Manufacturing Company
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1943 - 1949
      machinist journeyman Pearl Harbor Navy Yard
      Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
    • 1949 - 1951
      streetcar motorman Chicago Transit Author, ity
    • 1951 - 1952
      machinist
    • 1953
      photo-journalist The Good Publishing Company
      Paris, Kentucky, United States
    • 1954 - 1965
      bus operator Chicago Transit Author, ity
    • 1965 - 1966
      cab driver The Yellow Cab Company
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1966 - 1968
      theatre manager, Hull House Parkway Community Theatre
    • 1968 - 1969
      short order cook United States Army Reserve-McNair Barracks
      Berlin, Germany, Germany
    • 1970 - 1971
      specialist, in theatre University Wis.-Downer Campus
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      playwright producer The Village Church
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