David Rambo

Biography: David Rambo was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1955 and raised in nearby Spring City, developing a lifelong interest in literature and art that is due in no small part to having had a mother and grandmother who were librarians.

After acting in several Philadelphia area productions, he moved to New York at 19 and appeared in musicals and plays with the Octagon Theatre Company and other off-off-Broadway companies. He supported himself by taking office work and gigs as a cabaret pianist. A music and comedy act with close friend Thea Ramsey - "On the Loose!" - was a personal joy and critical triumph, cut short by her battle with cystic fibrosis (she died in 1987 at the age of 37). Seeking TV and film work, he moved to Los Angeles and was rewarded with a starring role in the 1981 ABC-TV pilot "The Best of Times," co-starring with Nicolas Cage (then Coppola) and Crispin Glover. Other small TV roles followed, but the theatre remained David's passion. He started selling real
David Rambo was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1955 and raised in nearby Spring City, developing a lifelong interest in literature and art that is due in no small part to having had a mother and grandmother who were librarians.

After acting in several Philadelphia area productions, he moved to New York at 19 and appeared in musicals and plays with the Octagon Theatre Company and other off-off-Broadway companies. He supported himself by taking office work and gigs as a cabaret pianist. A music and comedy act with close friend Thea Ramsey - "On the Loose!" - was a personal joy and critical triumph, cut short by her battle with cystic fibrosis (she died in 1987 at the age of 37).

Seeking TV and film work, he moved to Los Angeles and was rewarded with a starring role in the 1981 ABC-TV pilot "The Best of Times," co-starring with Nicolas Cage (then Coppola) and Crispin Glover. Other small TV roles followed, but the theatre remained David's passion. He started selling real estate as a means to support a theatre career.

The sales career took off, the acting career did not. In 1993, he briefly returned to his musical roots with the off-Broadway hit HOWARD CRABTREE'S WHOOP-DEE-DOO! when the show's creator, long-time friend Crabtree, asked to use David's "Elizabeth Taylor" song in the revue. It became the hit of the show, and a standout on the 1995 BMG cast recording.

In 1991, happy with the financial reward of a sales career, but unfulfilled by the grind of the house-selling game, he began spending the hours at idle open houses sketching ideas for plays on the backs of property sales brochures. The tinkering led to a first play, LODGE NIGHT. Set in Luther, Pennsylvania in June and October 1963, Act One depicts a meeting of a men's lodge; Act Two has its ladies' auxiliary holding a make-or-break Bingo game.

Art imitated life with a second play, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOUSE, a farce which enjoyed a long successful Los Angeles run in 1997 first at the Zephyr, then the Matrix theatres. The comedy brought him to the attention of A.S.K. Theatre Projects, where all of his subsequent work has been developed.

SPEAKY-SPIKEY-SPOKEY followed, a play inspired by the tragedy of the underground mine fire burning beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania for nearly forty years. The play was presented in Oregon at the Ashland New Plays Festival in 1997. Organizers of the festival invited David back the following year (and annually since then) as Host Playwright to present the readings of new plays, and conduct workshops on playwriting and audience/playwright dialogues.
On a snowy February, 1998 evening in a rented cabin in the San Bernardino mountains, David typed the words "End of Play" to GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS. Agent Mary Harden liked the play and submitted it to Actors Theatre of Louisville, where it was given its world premiere a year later at the 23rd Humana Festival of New American Plays. Productions followed at theatres all over the country, including the Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Cincinatti Playhouse in the Park, The Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Hippodrome Theatre, The Florida Stage (Carbonell Award - Best Play), and the Warehouse Theatre.
In 2002, GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS, ranked tenth place as the most produced play in regional theatres in the United States. In that same year, at the March conference of non profit theatres in Texas, David Rambo took the opportunity to express some of his views on theatre. See the "On Listening and Theatre" icon below.

For the 24th Humana Festival, David contributed to BACK STORY, an anthology play developed from a story by Joan Ackerman. A subsequent Actors Theatre of Louisville commissioned play, THE SPIN CYCLE, is a perspective-shifting look at Baby Boomers and their aging parents.

RHINEBECK, a new play, was developed by A.S.K. and the Lark Theatre Company in New York.

The author of several years of theatre journalism and several screenplays, he lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
God's Man In Texas has been recorded by L.A. Theatre Works for broadcast by National Public Radio and is available in tape and/or cd rom format. The L.A. Theatre Works site may accessed through the icon at the bottom of this page. An audio excerpt of the radio broadcast will also soon be available which may also be downloaded from the L.A. Theatre Works site below.
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David Rambo's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 60
Highest Metascore: 74 CSI: Season 9
Lowest Metascore: 49 V: Season 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
5 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Revolution: Season 2 Sep 25, 2013 Writer 7.9
64 Revolution: Season 1 Sep 17, 2012 Writer 5.8
57 NYC 22: Season 1 Apr 15, 2012 Writer 7.1
49 V: Season 2 Jan 4, 2011 Writer 6.9
tbd CSI: Season 10 Sep 24, 2009 Writer 5.6
74 CSI: Season 9 Oct 9, 2008 Writer 6.8
tbd CSI: Season 8 Sep 27, 2007 Writer / Producer 4.8
tbd CSI: Season 7 Sep 21, 2006 Writer 3.9
tbd CSI: Season 6 Sep 22, 2005 Writer 4.0
tbd CSI: Season 5 Sep 23, 2004 Writer 4.3
tbd CSI: Season 4 Sep 25, 2003 Writer 3.6
58 CSI: Season 1 Oct 6, 2000 Writer / Producer 6.5