David Lindsay-Abaire

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David Lindsay-Abaire
Born David Abaire
(1969-11-14) November 14, 1969 (age 45)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Playwright, lyricist
Nationality American
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College ('92)
Spouse Christine Lindsay-Abaire
Notable work(s) Fuddy Meers
Kimberly Akimbo
Good People (play)
Magnum opus Rabbit Hole
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2007)

David Lindsay-Abaire (born November 14, 1969) is an American playwright, lyricist and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole, which also earned several Tony Award nominations.

Early life and education[edit]

David Lindsay-Abaire was born David Abaire in Boston, Massachusetts. He concentrated in theatre at Sarah Lawrence College, where he graduated in 1992.[1] He was accepted into the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School,[2] where he wrote under the tutelage of playwrights Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang from 1996 to 1998.[3]


Lindsay-Abaire has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Jerome Foundation, as well as awards from the Berilla Kerr Foundation, the Lincoln Center LeComte du Nuoy Fund, Mixed Blood Theater, Primary Stages, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival, and the South Carolina Playwrights Festival. Lindsay-Abaire had his first theatrical success with Fuddy Meers, which was workshopped as part of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center under Artistic Director Lloyd Richards and ultimately premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He returned to the Manhattan Theatre Club with Wonder of the World, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, about a wife who suddenly leaves her husband and hops a bus to Niagara Falls in search of freedom, enlightenment, and the meaning of life.

His Rabbit Hole, produced in 2006 in New York with Cynthia Nixon, Tyne Daly, and John Slattery, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, as well as other Tony awards, and Cynthia Nixon won a Tony as Best Actress.

Lindsay-Abaire also wrote Kimberly Akimbo (2000),[4] Wonder of the World (2000), Dotting and Dashing (1999), Snow Angel (1999), The L'il Plays (1997), and A Devil Inside (1997).

Lindsay-Abaire also has writing credit on four screenplays, Robots (2005), Inkheart (2007), Poltergeist (2015)[5] and the film adaptation of Rabbit Hole, in which Nicole Kidman starred. She produced the film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was well received. He has recently written a movie for DreamWorks Animation, entitled Rise of the Guardians, based on a story by co-director William Joyce.

He wrote the book and lyrics for the new musical Shrek the Musical which opened on Broadway in 2009 and in London in 2011. The musical ran for 441 performances on Broadway, closing in January 2010.[6]

He wrote the book for the musical High Fidelity. His play Good People had its official opening on Broadway on March 3, 2011, with Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan in the lead roles.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lindsay-Abaire and his wife Christine have two children together. They live in Brooklyn, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "Alumni News and Announcements". Sarah Lawrence College. 2007–2008. 
  2. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwrights ’97) 
  3. ^ a b Marks, Peter (March 12, 2000). "Finding the Humor and the Hope in Fractured Lives". The New York Times. Retrieved December 25, 2008. 
  4. ^ Shirley, Don (April 16, 2001). "How a Teen Copes in a World Thrown 'Akimbo'". The Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029360/
  6. ^ Healy, Patrick (2009-10-21). "Shrek the Musical to Close January 3". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Jones, Kenenth (November 9, 2010). "Becky Ann Baker, Estelle Parsons, Renée Goldsberry Join World-Premiere Cast of Broadway's Good People". Playbill.com. 

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