Artist Bio

Craig Lucas

(Bio as of January 2004)

Mr. Lucas most recently collaborated with the Goodman on The Light in the Piazza during the 2003/2004 Season. His plays include Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stronger, Missing Persons and This Thing of Darkness (with David Schulner). His screenplays include Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Blue Windom (all directed by Norman René) and The Secret Lives of Dentists (directed by Alan Rudolph, starring Campbell Scott, Hope Davis and Denis Leary.) With Mr. René he also created Marry Me A Little, songs by Stephen Sondheim. With composer Gerald Busby, he created the chamber opera, Orpheus in Love. He received the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the first George and Elisabeth Marton Award and the L.A. Drama Critics (for Blue Window), Drama-Logue and Burns Mantle Best Musical awards (for Three Postcards) and two Obie Awards (one for playwriting, Prelude to a Kiss, and another for his direction of Harry Kondolcon’s Saved or Destroyed), the Outer Critic’s Circle Award (Prelude to a Kiss), the Sundance Audience Award (Longtime Companion), a LAMBDA Award (for the TCG Anthology What I Meant Was) and three Drama Desk nominations (for Reckless. Prelude to a Kiss and Missing Persons.) He also has a Tony nomination (Prelude to a Kiss), has been a Pulitzer finalist and received two Rockefeller Foundation grants as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship an NEA/TCG Fellowship and a residency grant from the PEW Charitable Trust. He has recently directed the premiere of This Thing of Darkness at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York; the New York premiere of Harry Kondoleon’s Play Yourself at the New York Theater Workshop and Joe Orton’s Loot at the Intiman in Seattle, where he is also the associate artistic director. Lucas is also cur­rently preparing to direct the movie of his play The Dying Gaul. He is a contributing editor to Bomb mag­azine. A graduate of Boston University, where he stud­ied with poet Anne Sexton and historian Howard Zinn, he lives in upstate New York with set designer John McDermott.

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