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David Lindsay-Abaire
Born David Abaire
November 30, 1969 (1969-11-30) (age 40)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Playwright, lyricist
Nationality United States
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Spouse Christine Lindsay-Abaire
Notable work(s) Fuddy Meers
Kimberly Akimbo
Magnum opus Rabbit Hole
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2007)

David Lindsay-Abaire (born November 30, 1969) is an American playwright and lyricist. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole, which also earned several Tony Award nominations.


Early life and education

Lindsay-Abaire was born David Abaire in South Boston, Massachusetts in a family of five which he describes as "very blue collar." His mother was a factory worker and his father worked for the Chelsea fruit market. He attended Boston public schools until the seventh grade, when he received a six-year scholarship to Milton Academy, a New England "prep" boarding school. It was there that he first became interested in writing for the theatre. He contributed what he has called "terrible, terrible plays" as a result of the school's tradition of presenting original student work. He went on to concentrate in theatre at Sarah Lawrence College. He was accepted into the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School, where he wrote under the tutelage of playwrights Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang.


Lindsay-Abaire has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Jerome Foundation, as well as awards from the Berilla Kerr Foundation, the Lincoln Center LeComte du Nuoy Fund, Mixed Blood Theater, Primary Stages, the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival, and the South Carolina Playwrights Festival.

Among his influences, Lindsay-Abaire lists playwrights John Guare, Edward Albee, Georges Feydeau, Eugène Ionesco, and George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, 1930s screwball comedy films My Man Godfrey, Twentieth Century, and "anything by Preston Sturges, Frank Capra, the Marx Brothers, and Abbott and Costello." Walking a fine line between grave reality and joyous lunacy, the world of his plays is often dark, funny, blithe, enigmatic, hopeful, ironic, and somewhat cockeyed. "My plays tend to be peopled with outsiders in search of clarity."

He returned to the scene of his Fuddy Meers success, the Manhattan Theatre Club, with Wonder of the World, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, about a wife who suddenly leaves her husband and hops a bus to Niagara Falls in search of freedom, enlightenment, and the meaning of life.

His Rabbit Hole, produced in 2006 in New York with Cynthia Nixon, Tyne Daly, and John Slattery, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, as well as other Tony awards, and Cynthia Nixon won a Tony as Best Actress.

Lindsay-Abaire also wrote Kimberly Akimbo (2000), Wonder of the World (2000), Dotting and Dashing (1999), Snow Angel (1999), The L'il Plays (1997), and A Devil Inside (1997).

Lindsay-Abaire describes his plays as centering around "outsiders in search of clarity." This view of life stemmed from his being a working-class student in a prestigious boarding school. His aesthetic was encouraged by Christopher Durang at Juilliard. The young playwright has always thought that theatre is a place for absurd things to happen, which is why he tends to stay away from realism in his writings. He specifically looks for characters who look at the world differently than everyone else.

Lindsay-Abaire also has writing credit on two screenplays, Robots (2005) and Inkheart (2007). He has written the screenplay for the adaptation of Rabbit Hole, in which Nicole Kidman will star. She is producing the film, to be released in 2010.

Lindsay-Abaire's recent projects include the book for the musical High Fidelity, and the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical.

Personal life

Lindsay-Abaire and his wife Christine Lindsay have two children together.

See also

Theatre portal


External links



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