A Picasso

by Jeffrey Hatcher
29 Jan - 10 March 2007

Jeffrey Hatcher

Fast becoming one of the most prolific and frequently produced playwrights in the U.S., Jeffrey Hatcher adapted his acclaimed stage play Compleat Female Stage Beauty for the screen. He wrote the screenplay Casanova for director Lasse Hallstrom, as well as screenplays for directors Steven Shainberg (Secretary) and Kim Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry). He has also written for the Peter Falk TV series Columbo and E! Entertainment Television.

Hatcher grew up in Ohio before attending New York University to study acting. After a brief career on stage, he turned his hand to writing. His many award-winning original plays have been performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally across the US and abroad. They include Three Viewings, Scotland Road, Neddy, Korczak’s Children, A Picasso, Mercy of a Storm, Work Song (with Eric Simonson), and Lucky Duck (with Bill Russell and Henry Kreiger). Hatcher wrote the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance, based on the Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers film Swingtime, and co-authored with Mitch Albom the stage version of the bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie.

His other stage adaptations include: Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, Anouilh’s Leocadia: To Fool the Eye, Smash, based on George Bernard Shaw’s novel An Unsocial Socialist, Murder by Poe, Pierre, based on the novel by Herman Melville, and Kaufman and Hart’s The Fabulous Invalid.

Jeffrey Hatcher is also the author of “The Art and Craft of Playwriting”. Has won grants and awards from the NEA, TCG, Lila-Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Barrymore Award and others. A four-time participant at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild, New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, and the WGA.