Richard Nelson's plays include Conversations in Tusculum, Frank's Home, Rodney's Wife, Franny's Way, Madame Melville, Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award, Best Play), The Vienna Notes (OBIE Award for Playwriting), The General from America, New England, Left, Misha's Party (with Alexander Gelman), Columbus and the Discovery of Japan, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination, Best Play), Some Americans Abroad (Olivier nomination, Best Comedy), and Principia Scriptoriae. His musicals include James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey; Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical), My Life with Albertine (with Ricky Ian Gordon), and Paradise Found (with Harold Prince, Jonathan Tunick, and Ellen Fitzhugh). He has adapted and/or translated numerous classical and contemporary plays including Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard for the Huntington in 2007. This year he received the PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.