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Episode 34
Alfred Uhry & A.R. Gurney


Alfred Uhry discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy and its adaptation for the screen in a conversation with A.R. Gurney.

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Playwright, Screenwriter

Alfred Uhry is distinguished as the only American playwright to have won a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award and two Tony Awards. A graduate of Brown University, Uhry began his professional career as a lyric writer under contract to the late Frank Loesser. In that capacity, he made his Broadway debut in 1968 with Here's Where I Belong. Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy opened at Playwrights Horizons Theatre in New York in 1987. It moved subsequently to the John Houseman Theatre where it ran for three years and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. The film version, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1990. The film also won the Best Picture Award.

Works include: Here's Where I Belong (lyrics) (1968); Robber Bridegroom (book & lyrics) (1976); Little Johnny Jones (1982); America's Sweetheart (1985); Driving Miss Daisy (1987); The Last Night Of Ballyhoo (1997); Parade (Libretto) (1999); Lovemusik (2007); Angel Reapers (2011).

Alfred Uhry’s Member Profile: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/memberdirectory/getmembership.aspx?cid=9213

A.R. “Pete” GURNEY


A.R. Gurney has written numerous plays including The Dining Room, Love Letters and Sylvia as well as novels and for television. Gurney has received a Drama Desk Award, a Rockefeller Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New England Theatre Conference.

Works include: The Comeback (1964); The Dining Room (1982); The Golden Age (1983); The Perfect Party (1986); Love Letters (1988); The Cocktail Hour (1988); Later Life (1993); Sylvia(1995); Screenplay (2005); Crazy Mary (2007); Black Tie (2011).