His play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," was performed at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Carolyn Michel, Sharon Spelman, and Branford Wallace in the cast.
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[re Driving Miss Daisy
(1989)] I was very lucky because I had a director, Bruce Beresford
, who had directed several plays turned into movies. He said: Let me see your draft. Then he said: You've retyped your play. He told me: You don't need to talk as much in the movies. You don't need to say, "I'll go get the car." Just show it. He said: Instead of dialogue, just give me a description of the way...
Has twice won Broadway's Tony Award: in 1997 as author of Best Play winner "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" and in 1999 as Best Book (Musical) for "Parade." He had also been nominated in 1976 as Best Book (Musical) for "The Robber Bridegroom."