John Guare  

Dramatist

American dramatist John Guare wrote his first play, "Universe," at the tender age of eleven. After attending Georgetown University and Yale University, Guare debuted his work off-off-Broadway in 1964 with "To Wally Pantoni, We Leave a Credenza." His first real success, however, did not come until 1968 when a one-act entitled "Muzeeka" won him an Obie Award. In 1971, the young playwright shot to the forefront of American theatre with “House of Blue Leaves,” a semi-autobiographical play which firmly established Guare's unique vision.

Guare's plays are highly theatrical. He finds the bizarre and comic in the human condition, magnifies it to massive proportions, and from this extracts the germ of his writing. He once stated that he has tried to expand the theatre's boundaries "because I think the chaotic state of the world demands it."

Other works by Guare include “Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rich and Famous,” “The Landscape of the Body, Bosoms and Neglect,” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, and an Olivier Best Play Award. It was made into a hit film of the same name starring Will Smith and Stockard Channing.

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