|Born||David William Rabe
March 10, 1940
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
David William Rabe (born March 10, 1940) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1972 (Sticks and Bones) and also received Tony award nominations for Best Play in 1974 (In the Boom Boom Room), 1977 (Streamers) and 1985 (Hurlyburly).
Rabe was born in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ruth (née McCormick), a department store worker, and William Rabe, a teacher and meat packer. He is Catholic. He attended Roman Catholic schools in Dubuque, and graduated from Loras College, a Catholic liberal-arts college.
Rabe was married to actress Jill Clayburgh from 1978 until her death November 5, 2010. He has two children with Clayburgh, actress Lily Rabe and Michael Rabe. He has one son, Jason Rabe, from his first marriage.
After leaving the service, Rabe returned to Villanova, studying writing and earning an M.A. in 1968. During this time, he began work on the play Sticks and Bones, in which the family represents the ugly underbelly of the Nelson family when they are faced with their hopeless son David returning home from Vietnam as a blinded vet.
Rabe is known for his loose trilogy of plays drawing on his experiences as an Army draftee in Vietnam, Sticks and Bones (1969), the Tony Award-winning The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1971), and Streamers (1976). He has also written Hurlyburly (both the play and the screenplay for the film version), and the screenplays for the Vietnam War drama Casualties of War (1989) and the film adaptation of John Grisham's The Firm (1993).
Awards and honors
- 1972 Tony Award for Best Play in 1972 for Sticks and Bones
- 1973 Obie Award for distinguished playwriting for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
- 1973 Drama Desk Award for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
- 1974 Tony Award nominee for Best Play for In the Boom Boom Room
- 1977 Tony Award nominee for Best Play for Streamers
- 1977 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for Streamers
- 1985 Tony Award nominee for Best Play for Hurlyburly
- 2014 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award Master American Dramatist
- Sticks and Bones (1971)
- The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1972)
- In the Boom Boom Room (1973)
- The Orphan (1972)
- Streamers (1976)
- Hurlyburly (1984)
- Goose and Tomtom (1987)
- Those The River Keeps (1994)
- A Question of Mercy (1997)
- The Dog Problem (2001)
- An Early History of Fire (2012)
- I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1983)
- Streamers (1983)
- Casualties of War (1989)
- The Firm (1993)
- Hurlyburly (1998)
- Recital of the Dog (2000)
- A Primitive Heart (2005)
- Dinosaurs on the Roof (2008)
- Girl by the Road at Night (2010)
- David Rabe Film Reference bio
- "2014 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for Master American Dramatist". pen.org. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- Ron Charles (July 30, 2014). "Winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards". Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- NY Times review
- David Rabe at the Internet Broadway Database
- David Rabe at the Internet Movie Database
- Filmography at The New York Times
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- David Rabe collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Works by or about David Rabe in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Lahr, John (24 November 2008). "The Critics: Life and Letters: Land of Lost Souls". The New Yorker 84 (38): 114–120. Retrieved 16 April 2009. "David Rabe's America"
- Radavich, David. "Collapsing Male Myths: Rabe's Tragicomic Hurlyburly." American Drama 3:1 (Fall 1993): 1-16.
- Radavich, David. "Rabe, Mamet, Shepard, and Wilson: Mid-American Male Dramatists of the 1970s and '80s." The Midwest Quarterly XLVIII: 3 (Spring 2007): 342-58.