David Lindsay-Abaire

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire's work for the stage ran the gamut from serious fare such as the Tony-winning "Rabbit Hole," which dealt with the loss of a child, to the book and lyrics for the ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Writer (9)

Poltergeist 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Family Fang 2015 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rise of the Guardians 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rabbit Hole 2010 (Movie)

(from play: "Rabbit Hole") (Source Material)

Rabbit Hole 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Inkheart 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Story (Story By)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

("Little Birdy") (Song)

Biography

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire's work for the stage ran the gamut from serious fare such as the Tony-winning "Rabbit Hole," which dealt with the loss of a child, to the book and lyrics for the cartoonish "Shrek the Musical. " Along the way, he also carved an inroad into screenwriting, writing the scripts for "Inkheart" (2007) and the film version of "Rabbit Hole" (2010), which received near-universal praise. Lindsay-Abaire's plays centered around the tension and the laughter that arose from awkward, even absurd situations - in his "Fuddy Mears," a woman's amnesia requires her to rely on her family to tell her what she has done the day before - and found an enthusiastic audience for his unique blend of screwball comedy and drama. His script for "Rabbit Hole" served as a calling card for his inevitable status as one of Hollywood's most in-demand writers.

Relationships

Christine Lindsay

Wife
Mother of his two children

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
Accepted into the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, where he wrote under the tutelage of playwrights Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang.

Milton Academy

Milton , Massachusetts
Received a six-year scholarship to attend the prep school.

Milestones

2013

Co-wrote with Mitchell Kapner fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful," starring James Franco in title role

2012

Wrote screenplay for animated adventure "Rise of the Guardians," based on book by William Joyce

2011

Wrote Tony nominated play "Good People," starring Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay ("Rabbit Hole")

2010

Wrote screenplay for feature adaptation of his play "Rabbit Hole," helmed by John Cameron Mitchell

2008

Penned the screenplay for fantasy film "Inkheart," starring Brendan Fraser

2008

Wrote the book and lyrics for "Shrek the Musical" on Broadway

2006

Wrote the book for Broadway musical "High Fidelity"

2006

Produced his play "Rabbit Hole" in New York with Cynthia Nixon, Tyne Daly, and John Slattery; nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play

2005

Contributed to the writing of computer-animated comedy film "Robots"

2000

Returned to the Manhattan Theatre Club with "Wonder of the World," starring Sarah Jessica Parker

1999

Had first theatrical success with "Fuddy Meers," which premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club

1997

Wrote the play "A Devil Inside," which opened at the SoHo Repertory Theater

Bonus Trivia

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Lindsay-Abaire's critically acclaimed play "Rabbit Hole" won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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