John Guare

Screenwriter, Playwright, Teacher
John Guare is a prolific playwright whose stage works generally concern family relationships couched in startling and blackly comic situations. The plays feature zany individuals who veer from farce to shocking cruelty ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1938 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

other (12)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Burt Lancaster 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Screenplay

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

("Six Degrees of Separation") (Play as Source Material)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Atlantic City 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

John Guare is a prolific playwright whose stage works generally concern family relationships couched in startling and blackly comic situations. The plays feature zany individuals who veer from farce to shocking cruelty and violence; his occasional film scripts are notable for their richly eccentric characters and specific settings.

Relationships

Helen Clare Guare

Mother

Adele Chatfield-Taylor

Wife
married May 10, 1981

William Grady

Uncle
worked for MGM

John Guare

Father
worked on Wall Street in the stock exchange

EDUCATION

St Joan of Arc Elementary School

Jackson Heights , New York

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1963

Georgetown University

Washington D.C. 1961
(AB)

St John's Preparatory School

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

2000

Wrote the book for the stage musical "Sweet Smell of Success"; performed in workshop then in 2001 in Chicago; opened on Broadway in 2002

1999

Premiered play "Chaucer in Rome" at Williamstown Theatre Festival; reportedly Guare physically attacked a non-Equity actor in production during rehearsals; play produced Off-Broadway in 2002 at Lincoln Center

1999

Did uncredited script doctoring with director Michael Blakemore on the hit revival of "Kiss Me, Kate"

1993

Wrote screenplay version of play "Six Degrees of Separation"

1981

First film with solo screen credit "Atlantic City"

1977

Taught playwrighting at Yale School of Drama

1970

Provided the book and lyrics for the award-winning musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona"

1969

Contributed to the screenplay for "Taking Off"

1968

TV writing debut "Kissing Sweet" on PBS

1968

Breakthrough stage production, "Muzeeka"

1962

Short play "Did You Write My Name in the Snow?" produced at Yale School of Drama

1948

Wrote first play "Universe" at age 10; produced by neighbor in NYC in 1949

Honored by the Signature Theater Company in NYC with a season devoted to his works

Had stage hit with the play "Six Degrees of Separation", based in part on a factual event wherein a hustler pretended to be the son of actor Sidney Poitier

Bonus Trivia

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Guare was a founding member of the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference in Waterford, CT

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He received the 1981 Award of Merit from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters

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"My parents were very bright, very unhappy people . . . They lived intensely but separately in their own little worlds. Eventually so did I. I was left alone a lot, so I read a great deal -- everything from 'Madame Bovary' to 'Beau Geste' and a lot of mystery novels thrown in."--Guare to Patricia Bosworth in NEW YORK TIMES, March 7, 1971

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