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George Savage Jr. was born in Seattle and went up to the 10th grade, attending Roosevel High School. In 1951 his father was hired by the UCLA Theater Arts Department to teach playwriting and the family moved to LA. George, who now goes by Jorj, graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Liberal Arts in 1957. He married Jean Greaves, whom he met at Redlands, in 1958, and they were married 49 years until her death in 2007. In the 1960s Jorj collaborated with his father on 10 plays, many were read in the UCLA Sunday night new play program and 5 had equity workshop productions in Los Angeles many directed by Cecil Reddick. Together the father and son team developed what became known as a Savage Play: a western folk play, that usually has a big cast and takes place over a weekend. In 1962 their cowboy trilogy of one acts, THE DAYS OF WAKEFIELD'S BAR, was produced off off Broaway by the American Playwright's Forum at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. In 1964 Their play THE GARBAGE HUSTLER, directed by Wes Kenny, had an equity workshop production by the Curtain Call Theater that was moved to the Las Palmas Theater in Hollywod and ran 8 weeks.
The many full length Savage plays include cowboy plays, historical plays, including one about Seattle's Doc Maynard that was done at The Museum of History and Industry in the early 1980's, a play set in a gas station in Santa Monica in 1961, a play about a sailor, and a recent one about a Friday night a low rent hotel in Kent, Washington.
The senior Savage died in 1977 but Jorj, who will be 83 in March 2019, continues to live in Seattle and be active in Seattle theater. In the past 30 years he's had 20 plays in John Kazanjian's New City Theater Festivals of the 1980s, many directed by Bruce McLean. and 7 plays in the Seattle Fringe Theater Festivals, many directed by Roi-Martin Brown. He also had 7 full length plays read at Willie Clarks' Reader's Theater. At this point there are 25 full length plays all of which have had some kind of production and subsequent re-writes. In 2007 Jorj produced his play about women boxers, THE WOMAN WHO WAS LIKE STEVE MCQUEEN, at the Odd Duck , directed by Roi-Martin Brown. In 2015 Jor's play XERXES' REWARD was read at Bryan Willis's Northwest Playwright's Alliance at the Seattle Rep directed by David Hsieh. In August of 2015 Jorj's cowboy play with song, ABOVE THE TIMBERLINE, was produced by Rik Deskin and the Eclectic Theater directed by Greg LoProto. This production ran 15 performances. Jorj has ushered at The Seatle Repertory Theatre for over 20 years. Once, at the Rep., he opened a door for Neil Simon to go backstage. He is a long time member of SPS (Seattle Playwright's Studio) which meets at Burien Actor's Theater. He has had dozens olf sbhort lay produced at Dramatists and Actors Meeting Now and he attends Driftwood After Dark playwrightrs groujp znd has had fjull length p;lays read there. In 2017, his one hour play WOMAN WITHOUT HER COAT, about a 24 year old student who is thnrown out of a Key Arena Colncert and helped by an old man 50 years older than her. The show was staged by Molly Blades.
Back in the early 1950's he had a summer job with a Beverly Hills antique dealer and delivered some antique elephants to Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Humphrey Bogartr took the elephant from Jorj. Jorj's favorite play of all of theater is Sean O'Casey's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK.
Jorj did scipt in hand staged reading of the first act of a play set in Santa Monica in the early 1960's, NOT AROUND GORDIE on August 20-21 2016 working with old friend Bruce McLean at the annual SPS showcase weekend at Burien Actor.'s Theatre. After script in hand peformances at Driftwood After Dark and at Margaret O'Donnel and Kate Danley's Salon Theater at the Conservatory in Georgetown, he teamed up with Joe Ivy to do a total re-write of the story. The working title of their new play is WOMANKIND IN OUTER SPACE.
Jorj thinks if just one of his plays can break-thru the others will follow. The plays have been called Saroyanesque. They are about sociological outlaws, independent thinkers and about people who don't give up and work things out. Contact Jorj at: firstname.lastname@example.org.