Craig Lucas

Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer
This former actor and chorus performer made the move to writing in the early 1980s. With encouragement from composer Stephen Sondheim, Craig Lucas fashioned a two-character musical "Marry Me A Little" (1980-81) using ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1950 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Writer (10)

Dying Gaul 2005 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Dying Gaul 2005 (Movie)

(from play) (Source Material)

The Secret Lives of Dentists 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Reckless 1995 (Movie)


Reckless 1995 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)


Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

("Prelude to a Kiss") (Play as Source Material)

Longtime Companion 1990 (Movie)


Blue Window 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director (2)

Birds of America 2007 (Movie)


Dying Gaul 2005 (Movie)

Producer (1)

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Ocean's Deadliest (TV Show)

Director of Photography


This former actor and chorus performer made the move to writing in the early 1980s. With encouragement from composer Stephen Sondheim, Craig Lucas fashioned a two-character musical "Marry Me A Little" (1980-81) using Sondheim trunk songs. The show, which was mounted Off-Broadway by the Production cemented a long association with the late director Norman Rene. In 1984, Rene staged Lucas' "Blue Window," a drama about seven New Yorkers at a dinner party which made typical use of fantasy and seemingly banal conversation to make pointed comments about life and relationships. (PBS aired a TV version in 1987.) Admittedly not to everyone's taste, Lucas' work displays a talent for infusing seemingly mundane events with poignancy and deep feelings. "Three Postcards" (1987) was a charming chamber musical written with Craig Carnelia that covered the lives of three life-long female friends who meet for lunch. This jewel of a show was overshadowed by larger, more "popular" fare and did not have the run it deserved,


Patrick Barnes


Charles Lucas

adoptive father worked for the FBI on the Rosenberg case

Eleanore Lucas

adoptive mother

Timothy Melester

born c. 1954 together from 1983 until his death on January 5, 1995 from complications resulting from AIDS


School of Fine Arts, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1973
graduated cum laude; also studied poetry with Anne Sexton

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
attended a pre-college acting school



Penned "The Light in the Piazza," which opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center; earned a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical


Wrote the screenplay "The Secret Lives of Dentists," adapted from Jane Smiley's novel "The Age of Grief"


Collaborated with Adam Guettel on a musical version of "Light in the Piazza"


Made stage directing debut with "Saved or Destroyed" by the late Harry Kondoleon


"Stranger" opened Off-Broadway


Play "The Dying Gaul" opened Off-Broadway


"God's Heart", a play, premiered at Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island; production mounted at Lincoln Center in 1997 to mixed reviews


Wrote screen adaptation of his play "Reckless"


First film producing credit, as co-producer of "Prelude to a Kiss" (based on his play)


Broadway debut as playwright, "Prelude to a Kiss"


First film as screenwriter, "Longtime Companion", directed by Rene


Filmed version of "Blue Window" debuted on PBS' "American Playhouse" in May


Conceived, wrote and starred in Off-Broadway musical revue, "Marry Me A Little", a collection of Stephen Sondheim songs


Wrote first play, "Missing Persons" (produced Off-Broadway in 1981; revised in 1995); first collaboration with Norman Rene


Moved to New York City


Performed in Broadway choruses of "Shenandoah", "On the Twentieth Century", "Rex" and "Sweeney Todd"


Performed as puppeteer and magician at children's birthday parties

Attended a pre-college acting school at Carnegie-Mellon University

Wrote book for musical based on the film "Don Juan DeMarco"; project was workshopped but underwent revisions

Bonus Trivia


Lucas received the George and Elisabeth Marton Award for Playwriting from the Foundation of the Dramatist Guild in 1984-85.


Lucas received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1987 and the Rockefeller Foundation in 1989.