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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 5, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, playwright, teacher

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John Guare is a prolific playwright whose stage works generally concern family relationships couched in startling and blackly comic situations. The plays feature zany individuals who veer from farce to shocking cruelty and violence; his occasional film scripts are notable for their richly eccentric characters and specific settings.

John Guare is a prolific playwright whose stage works generally concern family relationships couched in startling and blackly comic situations. The plays feature zany individuals who veer from farce to shocking cruelty and violence; his occasional film scripts are notable for their richly eccentric characters and specific settings.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Venice Project, The (1999) Himself
2.
 Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life (2002) Interviewee
3.
 Burt Lancaster (1997) Interviewee
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1948:
Wrote first play "Universe" at age 10; produced by neighbor in NYC in 1949
1962:
Short play "Did You Write My Name in the Snow?" produced at Yale School of Drama
1968:
Breakthrough stage production, "Muzeeka"
1969:
TV writing debut "Kissing Sweet" on PBS
1970:
Contributed to the screenplay for "Taking Off"
1971:
Provided the book and lyrics for the award-winning musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona"
1977:
Taught playwrighting at Yale School of Drama
1981:
First film with solo screen credit "Atlantic City"
:
Had stage hit with the play "Six Degrees of Separation", based in part on a factual event wherein a hustler pretended to be the son of actor Sidney Poitier
1993:
Wrote screenplay version of play "Six Degrees of Separation"
:
Honored by the Signature Theater Company in NYC with a season devoted to his works
1999:
Did uncredited script doctoring with director Michael Blakemore on the hit revival of "Kiss Me, Kate"
1999:
Premiered play "Chaucer in Rome" at Williamstown Theatre Festival; reportedly Guare physically attacked a non-Equity actor in production during rehearsals; play produced Off-Broadway in 2002 at Lincoln Center
2000:
Wrote the book for the stage musical "Sweet Smell of Success"; performed in workshop then in 2001 in Chicago; opened on Broadway in 2002
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Education

St John's Preparatory School: Brooklyn , New York -
St Joan of Arc Elementary School: Jackson Heights , New York -
Georgetown University: - 1961
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1963

Notes

Guare was a founding member of the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference in Waterford, CT

He received the 1981 Award of Merit from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters

"My parents were very bright, very unhappy people . . . They lived intensely but separately in their own little worlds. Eventually so did I. I was left alone a lot, so I read a great deal -- everything from 'Madame Bovary' to 'Beau Geste' and a lot of mystery novels thrown in."--Guare to Patricia Bosworth in NEW YORK TIMES, March 7, 1971

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wife:
Adele Chatfield-Taylor. Preservationist. Married May 10, 1981.

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father:
John Edward Guare. Clerk. Worked on Wall Street in the stock exchange.
mother:
Helen Clare Guare.
uncle:
William Grady. Casting director. Worked for MGM.

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