His play, "The House of Blue Leaves," was performed at the Dame Lilian Baylis Theatre in London, England with Denis Quilley, Helen Lederer, Nichola McAuliffe, Kelly Hunter, Linda Polan, and Harry Towb in the cast. Nick Hamm was director.
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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 the Laurence Olivier
Theatre Award in 1993 (1992 season) and BBC Award for Best Play for his "Six Degrees of Separation".