Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, John Patrick Shanley speaks at The New School. Shanley is an artist in residence at The New School for Drama.
The event is moderated by Robert Lupone, Director of the New School for Drama.
Robert LuPone, a member of The Actors Studio, appeared on Broadway in True West, A Thousand Clowns, A View from the Bridge, Late Nite Comic, Zoya's Apartment, Swing, St. Joan, Nefertiti and as Zach in A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway credits include Pericles, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, Black Angel, Lennon, and Snow Orchid.
In regional theater, he has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hartford Stage, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Berkshire Theater Festival, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Goodman Theater, where he won the Jefferson Award for his performance in The Tooth of Crime.
Television credits include Law & Order, Crossing Jordan, Swift Justice, Guiding Light, Mia-Child of Hollywood, American Tragedy, Palookaville, Sex and the City, and as Dr. Cusimano in The Sopranos. He received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Zach Grayson on All My Children.
Film credits include Nick of Time, Dead Presidents, The Doors, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Door in the Floor, and the upcoming Indocumentos.
Mr. LuPone is President of the Board of ART/NY, as well as artistic director of MCC Theater in New York City.
John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley is a playwright from the Bronx. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers and the Sisters of Charity. He is famous for insisting in his contract that not a single word can be changed in the screenplays that he writes. He is a graduate of New York University.
For his script for the 1987 film, Moonstruck, Shanley won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. In 2004 Shanley was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame.
In 2005, John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Play.
This interview's a fascinating look into the creative process of a successful playwright who's dedicated to his vision. He says that writer's block is self-indulgence, that reading fairy tales ("pure plot") helped him develop as a writer, and talks about the tribulations of directing his own work. This interview was a delight to watch, as Shanley's a very funny guy. It's also conducted by a longtime actor on the small screen, Robert Lupone, brother of actress Patty Lupone.