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William Gleason

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William Gleason grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Army after graduating from high school. He spent three years in the Army, including a year in Vietnam. After serving his country, Gleason moved to Texas, became a police officer and started taking college classes. While in college, he won a one-act play contest for Werewolf?. The performance was well received, prompting Gleason’s professor to send it to Dramatic Publishing for consideration, and it was published. He wrote a second play, Louder, I Can’t Hear You, which was also published by Dramatic Publishing. Gleason became friends with the president of the company, Chris Sergel, and published more than 20 plays, mostly full length, over the next 10 years with Dramatic Publishing. Gleason would meet with Chris, who is now deceased, every year at his office in Westport, Conn., to work up play ideas. He stopped writing plays to pursue law school and had a 35-year playwriting vacation, during which time Gleason litigated more than 300 jury trials. After he retired as district attorney and cut back on his law practice, Gleason decided to write again and sent Dramatic Publishing Teen Court, which they graciously published. His plays have been performed in all 50 states, every province of Canada and in seven foreign countries. Gleason has been married to his lovely wife, Karen, for more than 45 years, and they have three beautiful grandchildren. In his spare time, Gleason likes to go on long motorcycle trips and try to play golf.

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