Revered as a national treasure of American theater, playwright Richard Nelson achieved fame for both his original plays as well as his interpretations of the classics. Fresh out of college, Nelson turned his interest in journalism into fodder for such early dramatic efforts as "The Killing of Yablonski" and "Jungle Coup" in the late-1970s. At New York's Playwrights Horizons, Nelson earned accolades for such plays as "The Vienna Notes" and gained recognition for his respected adaptations of the work of Chekhov and other iconic playwrights. Having lived abroad for a number of years, Nelson became interested in the differences between European and American cultures and explored those themes in plays like "Between East and West" (1983), "Chess" (1988) and "Some Americans Abroad" (1989). He later ventured into writing for the screen with the teleplay "Sensibility and Sense" (PBS, 1990) and the feature adaptation of Edith Wharton's "Ethan Frome" (1993). Over the following decade, Nelson's continued work for the stage included his Tony Award-winning book for the musical adaptation of "James Joyce's The Dead" and the biographical drama "Frank's Home." He returned to screenwriting with an adaptation of his own radio play, "Hyde Park on Hudson" (2012), starring Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt. Endlessly fascinated by human nature and cultural dissimilarities, Nelson continued to probe these themes with a narrative voice as relatable as it was unique.