John Guare (pronounced gwâr, born 5 February 1938) is an American playwright. A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or Drama. He is best known as the author of The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, and Landscape of the Body. The House of Blue Leaves is a play by John Guare. Set in Sunnyside Queens in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 film adaptation of the John Guare play of the same title. Landscape Of The Body is a two-act play by John Guare, written in 1977 His style, which mixes comic invention with an acute sense of the failure of human relations and aspirations, is at once cruel and deeply compassionate.
In the foreword to a collection of Guare's plays, film director Louis Malle writes:
Guare was born in New York City and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens. He was raised a Roman Catholic, but now seems to be lapsed . In Roman Catholicism, a lapsed Catholic is a Catholic who has ceased practicing the Catholic religion He was educated at Georgetown University, (BA, 1960), where in 1958 he contributed a song to an original musical revue entitled The Natives Are Restless and presented by the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society. Georgetown University is a Jesuit Private university located in Georgetown Washington D The song humorously attributed the success of many famous people to the syllable “O” in their names. Under the direction of Donn B. Murphy, his play The Toadstool Boy, about a country singer's quest for fame, won first place in the District of Columbia Recreation Department's One-Act-Play competition. Biography Born in San Antonio Texas in 1930 Murphy grew up in Leavenworth Kansas, where his father Arthur Morton Murphy a Knight of the Order of the Holy Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D In 1960, the Mask and Bauble presented The Thirties Girl, a musical for which Guare did the book, much of the music and the lyrics, again under Murphy's tutelage. Set in Hollywood's turbulent 1920's, it dealt with the dethronement of a reigning diva by a fresh-faced starlet. (Management of identity and celebrity, and the quest for fame, the focus of these early efforts, are recurring themes in the body of Guare's work. He subsequently imported the Hollywod ingenue's song, I'm Here With Bells On into his first full-length Off-Broadway play, The House of Blue Leaves, which received an Obie Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play, and subsequently won Guare a Tony Award in its 1986 Broadway revival. Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City. The House of Blue Leaves is a play by John Guare. Set in Sunnyside Queens in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City The Obie Awards or Off-Broadway Theater Awards are annual awards bestowed by The Village Voice newspaper to Off-Broadway Theater The New York Drama Critics' Circle is made up of twenty-two Drama Critics from daily Newspapers, Magazines and Wire services The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American Theatre and are presented )
He then went to the Yale School of Drama, (MFA, 1963). The Yale School of Drama is a graduate professional school of Yale University providing training in every discipline of the theatre Acting, design ( Set His early plays, mostly comic one-acts exhibiting a flair for the absurd, include To Wally Pantoni, We Leave a Credenza (1964), Muzeeka (1968), and Cop-Out (1968). Cop out is an Idiom meaning to avoid taking responsibility for an action or to avoid fulfilling a duty The House of Blue Leaves (1971), a domestic drama by turns wildly comic and despairingly desperate, moved Guare into the front ranks of American dramatists. The House of Blue Leaves is a play by John Guare. Set in Sunnyside Queens in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City Chaucer in Rome, a sequel to The House of Blue Leaves, received its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 1999 and later enjoyed a production in New York by Lincoln Center Theater. Chaucer in Rome is a play written by John Guare. In some ways it is a sequel to House of Blue Leaves. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar)
Later plays include Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Moon Over Miami, Six Degrees of Separation, and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun. Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 film adaptation of the John Guare play of the same title. Lake Hollywood and A Few Stout Individuals (2002) both received their world premieres at Signature Theatre. Hollywood Reservoir (Lake Hollywood is a Reservoir located in Hollywood California. Six Degrees of Separation (1990), an intricately plotted comedy of manners about an African-American confidence man who poses as the son of film star Sidney Poitier, has been the most highly praised and widely produced of Guare's full-length plays. Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 film adaptation of the John Guare play of the same title. A confidence trick or confidence game (also known as a bunko, con, flim flam, gaffle, grift, scam, scheme Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (ˈpwɑːtie born February 20, 1927) is an Oscar - Golden Globe - BAFTA - and Grammy It was made into a film in 1993.
Guare’s cycle of plays on nineteenth-century America, Gardenia, Lydie Breeze and Women and Water, has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D. Gardenia is a Genus of about 250 species of Flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, native to the Tropical and Subtropical C. , London and Australia. A Few Stout Individuals returns to nineteenth century America, with a cast that includes Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, soprano Adelina Patti and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Ulysses S Grant, born Hiram Ulysses Grant (April 27 1822 &ndash July 23 1885 was an American general and the eighteenth President of the United States Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30 1835 – April 21 1910 better known by the Pen name Mark Twain, was an American Humorist, satirist Adelina Patti ( February 10, 1843 - September 27, 1919) was one of the most highly regarded Opera Singers of the 19th century These historic dramas investigate the violence at the root of American identity and the failure of utopian aspirations. Utopia is a name for an ideal community taken from the title of a book written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More describing a fictional Island in the
Guare has also been involved with musical theatre. His libretto with Mel Shapiro for the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona was a success when it premiered in 1971, and was revived in 2005 at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park. Mel Shapiro is an American Theatre director and Writer, college Professor, and Author. Two Gentlemen of Verona is an award-winning rock musical with a book by John Guare and Mel Shapiro, lyrics by Guare and music by The Public Theater is a New York City arts organization founded as The Shakespeare Workshop in 1954 by Joseph Papp, with the intention of showcasing the works of up-and-coming Shakespeare in the Park is a concept used across the world as a form of free public presentation of William Shakespeare's works He wrote the songs for Landscape of the Body. Landscape Of The Body is a two-act play by John Guare, written in 1977 Guare wrote narration for '"Psyche,"' a tone poem by César Franck, which premiered at Avery Fisher Hall in October of 1997, conducted by Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic. César Franck (December 10 1822 – November 8 1890 a Composer, Organist and music teacher of Belgian and German origin who lived in France Avery Fisher Hall, located in New York City, is a part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> Kurt Masur (b The New York Philharmonic is the oldest active Symphony Orchestra in the United States, organized during 1842 In 1999, he revised the book of the Cole Porter musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate for its Broadway revival. Cole Albert Porter (June 9 1891 &ndash October 15 1964 was an American Composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. Kiss Me Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical Sweet Smell of Success. Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American Film noir made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions and released by United Artists
Guare wrote the screenplay for Louis Malle's film Atlantic City (1980). Louis Malle (30 October 1932 &ndash 23 November 1995 was a French Film director, working in both French and English. Atlantic City is a film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late 1979 it was released in France and Germany in 1980 and in the United Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar)
He was a founding member in 1965 of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut and Resident Playwright at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1976. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Waterford is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. New York Shakespeare Festival is the traditional name of a sequence of shows organized by the Public Theater in New York City, most often being held at the Delacorte Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He is a council member of the Dramatists Guild, co-editor of the Lincoln Center Theater Review, co-produces the New Plays Reading Room Series at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and teaches in the Playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. The Dramatists Guild of America is a professional organization for Playwrights Composers and Lyricists working in the U The Yale School of Drama is a graduate professional school of Yale University providing training in every discipline of the theatre Acting, design ( Set