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Mark O'Donnell

Writer
( b. Jul 19, 1954 Cleveland , Ohio, USA - d. Aug 06, 2012 New York, New York, USA ) Male
O'Donnell was known as a playwright, novelist, and librettist.

He published two collections of comic stories "Elementary Education" and "Vertigo Park and Other Tales" as well as two novels, "Getting Over Homer" and "Let Nothing You Dismay." His humor, cartoons and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Esquire. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the George S. Kaufman Award.

He collaborated with Bill Irwin on an adaptation of Moliere's Scapin and co-authored a translation of Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear. He also adapted Feydeau's Private Fittings for the La Jolla Playhouse and a symphonic version of Pyramus and Thisbe for the Kennedy Center.

Mr. O'Donnell said, "Everybody has parents. As a dramatist, whenever you write a character, you must write their parents as well, even if the parents aren't there. It's an interesting show because we've got four mothers and four daughters. This is a show about families."

Source: Playbill.com




Productions Date of Productions
Cry-Baby
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Mark O'Donnell
Apr 24, 2008 - Jun 22, 2008
Hairspray
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Mark O'Donnell
Aug 15, 2002 - Jan 04, 2009
2008 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
 Cry-Baby [nominee]
Book by Mark O'Donnell
2003 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
winnerHairspray [winner]
Book by Mark O'Donnell
2003 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical
winnerHairspray [winner]
Book by Mark O'Donnell
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