David Lindsay-Abaire at U.Va. Drama Nov. 6 -

October 29, 2013

UVA DRAMA TO HOST PULITZER PRIZE WINING PLAYWRIGHT DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE ON
NOVEMBER 6 AS PART OF KEENAN LECTURE SERIES

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – October 29, 2013 – The University of Virginia Drama Department will host Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire on November 6, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in an interactive Q&A session for the U.Va. community in the Helms Theatre as part of the Keenan Lecture Series.
Mr. Lindsay-Abaire is a noted playwright, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter . His play 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 four other Tony awards, and Cynthia Nixon won a Tony as Best Actress. He wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical while opened on Broadway in 2009 and his play Good People opened on Broadway in 2011 with Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan in the lead roles.

Lindsay-Abaire is in Virginia for his production of Good People currently in performance at Richmond’s Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre. “The Department of Drama recently established a professional affiliation with Virginia Repertory Theatre and is thrilled to begin the collaboration through hosting a renowned visiting artist such as Lindsay-Abaire,” says interim department chair, Colleen Kelly.

Lindsay-Abaire was most recently nominated for a Grammy Award with composer Jeanine Tesori (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for their work on Shrek the Musical. David’s plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High Fidelity and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, his screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (20th Century Fox) starring Nicole Kidman, as well as the upcoming features Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney, directed by Sam Raimi) and the remake of the 80s horror movie Poltergeist directed by Gil Kenan. David is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School.

Admission is free and free parking is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, conveniently located alongside the theaters.