John Patrick Shanley, an American Playwright, was born in 1950 and raised in the Bronx, New York. The youngest child in a working-class Irish Catholic family, he grew up among the types of rough and wary people that would later inhabit his plays. Though an avid reader who began writing poetry at age 11, Shanley was expelled from school several times before being sent to a private academy in New Hampshire. After two years in the United States Marine Corps, he discovered playwriting while enrolled in the educational theater program at New York University; he graduated at the top of his class.
He has authored more than 20 plays, written screenplays, and directed his own productions. He received three Academy Awards for Moonstruck, including one for Best Screenplay. Doubt, A Parable played on Broadway from March 31, 2005 to July 2, 2006, and he won four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this production.
Rix, Roxane. "Shanley, John Patrick." In Bryer, Jackson R., and Mary C. Hartig, eds. The Facts On File Companion to American Drama, Second Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2010. (Updated 2011.) Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 5 Aug. 2014
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