Craig Lucas, Award-Winning Playwright, to Speak About His Life and Career

in Arts, News Releases
April 5th, 2005

Contact: Clementine Brown, 617-353-1309 | clemente@bu.edu
Contact: Vita Paladino, 617-353-3696 | bonavita@bu.edu

(Boston) – Craig Lucas, screenwriter, stage and film director, and award-winning playwright, will speak about his life and career to the Friends of the Libraries of Boston University on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, following the Broadway opening of his new play “The Light in the Piazza.” An exhibition entitled “CRAIG LUCAS: Prelude to a Playwright,” presented by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, will open the following day, April 20, 2005.

The exhibition features drafts, revisions, and pages of notes from his various plays including “Reckless,” recently revived on Broadway with Mary Louise Parker; “Longtime Companion;” “God’s Heart;” and “The Dying Gaul.” “Prelude to a Kiss” will be on display, providing the opportunity to compare the differences between the stage and film versions. Printed editions of a number of the plays are also included in the exhibition, which will be on view and free to the public on the main floor of Mugar Library during regular library hours.

Lucas is revered as one of the most talented and refreshing writers of the American stage in recent years. He studied theater and creative writing at Boston University, where he befriended poet Anne Sexton, who served as Lucas’s mentor throughout the early ‘70s.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote in an October 2004 review of “Reckless,” “…when [Lucas] is at his best, and Reckless definitely qualifies as that, no one can beat him at plying cartoon cuteness to probe the fears that keep grown-ups awake at night.” “Reckless” was first produced Off-Broadway in 1983 and adapted to film in 1995.

“Blue Window” (1984) gave Lucas his first substantial critical success, receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award and garnering the author a Guggenheim Fellowship. “Prelude to a Kiss” (1990) received an Outer Critics and Obie Award as well as a Tony nomination for best play, and was also adapted to the screen (1992). Lucas’ “Longtime Companion,” received the Sundance Festival’s Audience Award for best dramatic film (1990). At this year’s festival, Lucas made his debut as film director/screen writer with the premiere of “The Dying Gaul.” He has received the Distinguished Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2003 PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for mid-career achievement, and he is now Associate Artistic Director for the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, WA.

Lucas’ life’s work is housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center along with the archives of more than 2,000 other notable figures of the twentieth century.

For further information, please contact Laura Russo at 617-353-3696.

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