He was the lyricist and co-adapter of the musical, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," in a New York Shakespeare Festival production at the St. James Theatre in New York City for 614 performances.
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[re Six Degrees of Separation
(1993)] I was the one who got to choose who got to direct it. I got a chance to meet a lot of directors. I auditioned them. I was shocked by what they wanted to do to the play, like straightening out the chronology. [Fred Schepisi
] said he loved the play and wanted to follow the play. The only caveat MGM put on the movie was we had to cast Will Smith
. I said, very ...
He was awarded an Honorary Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2009 from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.