David Lindsay-Abaire is a playwright, screenwriter and lyricist and he will kindly provide a talk in the Helms Theatre at the University of Virginia on Wednesday, as this year's Keenan Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Drama. There will be a discussion that will follow Mr. Lindsay-Abaire's talk, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
David Lindsay-Abaire is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Lila Bell Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Julliard School, a performing arts conservatory which offers a one-year, tuition-free, graduate fellowship, where among his tutors were actor and award-winning playwright Christopher Durang and fellow Pulitizer-Prize winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist, Marsha Norman.
Mr. Lindsay-Abaire was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and several other awards, for his play "Rabbit Hole," for which the playwright then wrote the screenplay for the 2011 film which subsequently received numerous awards, and starred Nicole Kidman who was nominated as Best Actress for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
In 2006, a production of the musical "High Fidelity" opened in New York, and played for the following six years in six other theaters across America, which was based on the popular novel by Nick Hornby, about a vinyl record store owner whose obsessed with trying to control his destiny through limiting his experience, and playing it safe. When his girlfriend moves on, he begins to take stock of his approach to life by re-examining his love interests, one by one, and eventually has the courage to live life as it comes, and abandon his narrow, self-absorbed attitude and focus on the here-and-now, where true happiness abides.
David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the book for this musical; and his other credits for screenwriting include writing the book and lyrics for "Shrek the Musical," which opened on Broadway in 2008 -- with a revamped version opening in London in 2011. It was also filmed with the original cast for distribution on DVD, Blu-ray (2D & 3D) and released for digital download in October of this year. His play "Good People," with performances by Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan in the leading roles, opened on Broadway on March 3, 2011. A clip for one of the scenes of "Good People" is featured in the video that accompanies this article.