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'What I admire most is that his plays are beautifully well made, economical, sharp and coherent. He's not a misanthrope, but he's in pursuit of why people behave as badly as they do along with having a great compassion for them. That's an unusual and interesting combination.'Tony Kushner, on John Patrick ShanleyWhen a troubled but gifted boy from the South Bronx finds himself shipped off to a private school in New Hampshire, the adjustment to the alien environment will lead to his ultimate dissolution or redemption. Teachers in the affluent institution do not know what to make of the new boisterous student, though the challenge really lies in his self-perception. Like his most celebrated play, Doubt, the author has based this new work on his own personal experiences of growing up as a teenager in the South Bronx and his time spent at a prep school in New England. Shanley has created an elemental study of a young's man search for his place in the world.John Patrick Shanley's plays include Outside Mullingar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, and Dirty Story, along with his "e;Church and State"e; trilogy, Doubt, Defiance, and Storefront Church. For his play Doubt, he received both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has nine films to his credit, including the five-time Oscar-nominated Doubt, and Moonstruck, which received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing.
A compassionate and delightful romantic comedy from Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Oscar-winning dramatist John Patrick Shanley, author of Doubt.
Some of Shanleys sharpest comic writing in years His intense engagement with questions of religion and ethics remains distinctive and invigorating. Charles Isherwood, New York TimesTheres a deeper philosophical vein that the author mines, allowing his language to acquire the heft and timbre of a serious moral debateWe taste bitterness, but also much that is sweet. David Cote, TimeOut New YorkA postmodern morality play thats as funny as it is bracing. Karen DSouza, San Jose Mercury NewsConcluding the Church and State trilogy of plays that began with Doubt and Defiance, Storefront Church tells the story of a Bronx Borough President who is forced by the mortgage crisis into a confrontation with a local minister. Blending earthy humor and philosophical reflection, this compassionate morality tale is an exploration of the often thorny relationship between spiritual experience and social action.John Patrick Shanley is the author of Doubt: A Parable (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play), Outside Mullingar (Tony nomination for Best Play), Defiance, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Dirty Story, among many other plays. He wrote the teleplay for Live from Baghdad (Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special) and the screenplays for Congo, Alive, Five Corners, Joe Versus the Volcano, Doubt (Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay) and Moonstruck (Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay).
';In the appallingly entertaining Dirty Story . . . Mr. Shanley has expanded his focus from the intimate to the international to create one of the liveliest, boldest andagainst the oddsfunniest studies ever of a subject that even hard-core satirists tend to approach on tiptoe.'Ben Brantley, The New York TimesThree new works by Pulitzer Prizewinning author John Patrick Shanley, one of our country's most politically current and theatrically elastic playwrights. In Dirty Story a couple of sadomasochistic writers fight over rights to their New York City loft, in this sexy satire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is ';astonishing,' says Tony Kushner, ';The analysis of the Middle East in this play is dead on, exactly perfectly pitched.' In his dark comedy Where's My Money? Shanley takes on marriage, infidelity and divorce lawyers in a play that is ';so harsh, it's funnyterrifying, but funny,' (The New York Times). And in his Sailor's Song, love becomes an act of courage, in this seaside romance about the certainty of death, the brevity of youth, and the importance of now.John Patrick Shanley's Doubt won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, and was chosen as best play of the year by over 10 newspapers and magazines. His other plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Four Dogs and a Bone, Psychopathia Sexualis and Savage Limbo. He has written extensively for TV and film, including Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for best screenplay.