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Lutz Rathenow

Lutz Rathenow About German writer who was surveilled by the Secret Police for his works criticizing the German Democratic Republic. Other Informations He served in the military before studying at the University of Jena. He was able to smuggle scripts to West Germany despite being under heavy surveillance. He had several children with his wife. …

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Peter Nichols

Peter Nichols About Playwright who wrote comic plays dealing with serious subjects, such as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Other Informations He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked as a teacher while writing teleplays. His works A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and The National …

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Rob Penny

Rob Penny About African-American playwright and poet known for “Boppin’ with the Ancestors,” “Blue Yonder,” and other works. Other Informations He attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh, where he helped to establish the Africana Studies Department. He had three children with his wife, Timau Betty Penny. …

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Kirk Lynn

Kirk Lynn About Playwright known for co-founding the Rude Mechanicals theater company. He co-wrote The Wrestling Patient, produced by Speakeasy Productions. Other Informations He had his first stage experience at San Antonio’s Douglas MacArthur High School. He also wrote Decameron Day 7: Revenge, and Cherrywood: The Modern Comparable. He married the American poet Carrie Fountain. …

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Rajiv Joseph

Rajiv Joseph About Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010 for his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which won five Backstage Garland Awards. He was named a USA Rockefeller Fellow as well. Other Informations He taught Essay Writing at New York University. He wrote seasons 3 and 4 of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. His …

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Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson About Author of the Tony Award-winning musical adaptations of James Joyce’s The Dead and the Broadway version of Chess. Other Informations He grew up watching musical theater in Detroit and claims to have seen roughly twenty five musicals before seeing his first “straight” play. He was the chair of the playwriting department at …

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Rohinton Mistry

Rohinton Mistry About An Indian-born Canadian writer, he is known for Such a Long Journey; Family Matters; and A Fine Balance. He was the 2012 recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Other Informations He studied economics and mathematics at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. After moving to Canada in 1975, he earned degrees in …

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Guy Helminger

Guy Helminger About A German-language playwright, he is particularly known for his acclaimed drama, Morgen ist Regen, which premiered in London under the English title of Venezuela. He also published novels and poems. Other Informations He studied philosophy and German literature at universities in Luxembourg, Germany, and France. His 2002 short story collection, Rost, was …

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Xavier Villaurrutia

Xavier Villaurrutia About Mexican playwright and poet who was best known for his 1953 compilation Poesia y teatro completos. Other Informations He was awarded a scholarship to study theater at Yale University. His career was marked, as it progressed, by an obsession with the theme of death, as evidenced in his 1941 play Invitacion a …

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Owen Davis

Owen Davis About Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright who penned hundreds of plays and scripts for radio, stage, and film. Other Informations He was raised in Bangor, Maine. He won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his play Icebound. His son Donald is also a playwright. He won the Pulitzer Prize fifteen years before Thornton …

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William Vaughn Moody

William Vaughn Moody About Playwright and poet whose most successful works for the stage include “The Great Divide” and “The Faith Healer.” Other Informations He studied at Harvard University, where he received the George B. Sohier Prize for literature. He taught English and rhetoric at the University of Chicago in the early 1900s. He married …

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Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron About 2015 Tony Award¬†winning playwright. best known for her work on Fun Home which earned her the prestigious award for both Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. Her other major works include Well and 2.5 Minute Ride. Other Informations She was the¬†valedictorian of her 1979 class of Everett High School. …