Other Plays: wrote or adapted such plays as Hairspray; Private Fittings; That’s It, Folks!; Fables for Friends’ The Nice and the Nasty; Strangers on Earth; Vertigo Park; Tots in Tinseltown; Cry-Baby
Television/Film: wrote film adaptation of Hairspray (2007)
Other Credits: humor, cartoons, and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Spy, The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, among others
Awards: Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Hairspray (2003); Tony nomination for work on Cry-Baby (2008); Guggenheim Fellowship; the Lecomte du Nuoy Prize; the George S. Kaufman Award
Publications: novels include Getting Over Homer and Let Nothing You Dismay; other books include Elementary Education and Vertigo Park and Other Tall Tales
Education: bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College in 1976
Background: born 19 July 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio
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