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Playwright John Patrick Shanley in Residence

October 30, 2013

During his residency with the CSU theatre program, John Patrick Shanley will work with students in a workshop setting, concluding with a special reading of his new play, 'Vang.' The event is planned for Sunday, November 3, and is open to the public.

Sunday, November 3
7:30 p.m.
University Dance Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

As part of its 2013-14 Guest Professional Series sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the Theatre Program at Colorado State University presents Oscar®, Tony®, Emmy®, Obie® and Pulitzer prizewinner John Patrick Shanley.

Shanley is a theatre professional in residence at Colorado State. During his residency, Shanley has worked with CSU students in a workshop setting. The workshop will conclude with a special reading of his new play, “Vang.”


  • $5/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787) or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

'Bard of the Bronx'

Nicknamed the “Bard of the Bronx,” Shanley’s resume boasts credits as screenwriter and director of a dozen films including Doubt and Moonstruck.

Becoming disenchanted with Hollywood early in his career, Shanley delved into the theatre world. As a playwright, his work spans 31 years and 25 plays, television miniseries, and a proud 2004 inductee to the “Bronx Walk of Fame.”

Constantly using contexts from his own life as inspiration for this work, the New York City area in which he grew up was the setting of his first script, “Five Corners” (1987).

After he was thrown out of Catholic school in New York, he attended the private Thomas Moore Prep School in Harrisville, New Hampshire. He then returned to New York and attended New York University, left to enlist in the military and then returned to finish university on the G.I. Bill. He graduated in 1977 as valedictorian.

As part of his 1988 Oscar acceptance speech, Shanley said, “I’d like to thank everybody who ever punched or kissed me in my life and everybody who I ever punched or kissed.”

His play “Doubt” has won several awards for outstanding dramatic play including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the 2004-2005 Drama Desk Award, and the 2005 Tony Award. In the play, about a molestation charge in a Catholic school, he directed four Oscar nominated performances: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis (2008).

The Theatre Guest Professional Series

Sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund grant has meant the implementation of the Guest Professional Series, allowing students and the public to meet award-winning professionals who will be in-residence at CSU each semester. These residencies offer theatre students the opportunity to work with professionals in the classroom and, at the end of their residencies, on a creative project that will be shared with the public.

Earlier this semester the Theatre Program hosted television, stage, film actor and activist John Amos for lectures and workshops in conjunction with CSU’s annual Diversity Symposium. Additionally, the fall 2013 production of Orestes 2.0 by Charles Mee featured guest professional director Sanaz Ghajarrahimi, an award-winning Iranian-American director, writer and choreographer and premier lighting and projection designer, Alex Koch.

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891