Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is the author of Prelude to a Kiss (produced at the Huntington in 2010), Missing Persons, Blue Window, Reckless, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, The Singing Forest, Prayer for My Enemy, and Ode to Joy. He wrote the book for the musicals The Light in the Piazza (music and lyrics by Adam Guettel), Amélie (songs by Dan Messe & Nathan Tysen),and An American in Paris (George & Ira Gershwin). His screenplays include Longtime Companion (Sundance Audience Award), The Secret Lives of Dentists (New York Film Critics Best Screenplay Award), Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Blue Window, and The Dying Gaul, which he also directed. On stage he directed Harry Kondoleon’s Saved or Destroyed (Obie Award for Best Director) and Play Yourself, as well as his own play This Thing of Darkness (co-authored with David Schulner). With director Norman René he created Marry Me a Little: Songs by Stephen Sondheim, and he wrote the musical play Three Postcards (composer/lyricist Craig Carnelia), as well as the libretti for the operas Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly, The Metropolitan Opera debut 2013) and Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby). He adapted Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters and Strindberg’s Miss Julie in new English versions. He has been nominated for a Tony Award three times (Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza, and An American in Paris) and won the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best American Play (The Singing Forest), LA Drama Critics Award, Hull-Warriner Award, LAMBDA Literary Award, Flora Roberts Award, Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Laura Pels/PEN Mid-Career Achievement Award, and the Sidney Kinsley Award. He has twice won the Obie for Best Play (Prelude to a Kiss and Small Tragedy). He is a graduate of Boston University where he studied with poet Anne Sexton.

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