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David Auburn

David Auburn

David Auburn won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for his second full-length play, Proof, which ended its successful Broadway run at the Walter Kerr Theater in January, 2003. After 918 performances and 16 previews, it was the longest running Broadway play in nearly two decades.

Proof opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club on May 23, 2000 and premiered on Broadway on October 24, 2000. Proof also captured Best Play honors from the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League organizations; the John Gassner Playwriting Award, the Joseph Kesserling Prize, and the Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatist's Guild. In 2005, Oscar-winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Anthony Hopkins starred in the screen adaptation of the play.

Auburn was born in Chicago in 1969 and raised in Ohio and Arkansas. He attended the University of Chicago and the Julliard School playwriting program, studying under noted playwrights Marsha Norman ('night, Mother) and Christopher Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You).

His first full-length play, Skyscraper, was produced off-Broadway at the Greenwich House in 1997. His short play, What Do You Believe About the Future? appeared in Harper's Magazine. Other plays include Fifth Planet (premiered at the New York Stage and Film Festival) and Miss You (HBO Comedy Arts Festival). His most recent work is The Journals of Mihail Sebastian, produced off-Broadway in 2004.

A former Guggenheim fellow, Auburn serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

David Auburn Facts

OccupationScreenwriter
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

Captain Blood
Proof
The Girl in the Park
David Marsh: Swimming Faster the Auburn Way: Training and Race Strategies for Breaststroke and Butterfly
Auburn's Greatest Games: 1971 Auburn vs Georgia
Alabama Tamales Auburn University
Style In Steel Volume One
Swimming Faster the Auburns Way: Training and Race Strategies for Sprint Freestyle with David Marsh
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