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A. R. Gurney

A.R. Gurney, playwright of The Cocktail Hour, is one of the most prolific and produced playwrights in America. His work focuses primarily on the issues and realities of middle-class American life and has been produced on international theatre stages for more than 40 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952, Gurney joined the United States Navy during the korean War, writing shows to entertain the military personnel. Following his discharge in 1955, he enrolled in the Yale School of Drama where he received his master's degree in playwriting. Later he joined the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge where he taught until 1996.

In 1958, Gurney wrote Love in Buffalo, the fist musical ever produced at Yale. His breakthrough success came in 1982 with The Dining Room. In addition to The Cocktail Hour, other award winning plays include The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, Love Letters, A Cheever Evening, Sylvia, and Ancestral Voices.

Gurney is the recipient of many awards, notable a Drama Desk Award in 1971, a Rockefeller Award in 1977 and two Lucille Lortel Awards in 1989 and 1994. 

He was an instructor at M.I.T. until 1996. Mr. Gurney devides the place he calls home between Connecticut and New York City. He is the husband of one, father of four and grandfather of six.