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David Auburn
Born (1969-11-30) November 30, 1969 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, theatre director
ResidenceManhattan, New York
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (BA '91)

David Auburn (born November 30, 1969)[1] is an American playwright. His play Proof won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Auburn also writes screenplays, writing The Lake House, and directs both film and stage plays.

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Early life and education

David Auburn was born on November 30, 1969, in Chicago, Illinois, to Mark Auburn and Sandy K. Auburn. He grew up in Ohio and moved with his family to Arkansas in 1982, where his mother worked first for the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging in Jonesboro (Craighead County) and then as the assistant deputy director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services for the Arkansas Department of Human Services in Little Rock (Pulaski County). His father was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro and then Vice President for Planning and Management Support of the University of Arkansas System. In high school in Arkansas, he worked for local professional companies in such jobs as stage hand or assistant to the lighting designer. Auburn graduated in 1987 and attended the University of Chicago, where he wrote scripts for the performance group Off-Off Campus and began reviewing theater performances for the Maroon. Auburn received a BA in English literature in 1991. After graduation, Auburn won a fellowship with Amblin Entertainment for one year. He then moved to New York City and spent two years in Juilliard’s playwriting program, beginning in 1992, studying under the noted dramatists Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang. His first full-length play, Skyscraper, ran off-Broadway in 1997. His short play “What Do You Believe about the Future?” appeared in Harper’s magazine and has since been adapted for the screen.


Auburn wrote several short plays, collectively grouped as Fifth Planet and Other Plays. The plays, called "cockeyed and engaging little one-act comedies", were presented at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, Tucson, Arizona, in January and February 2008.[2] The plays are: Fifth Planet, Miss You, Are You Ready, Damage Control, Three Monologues, What Do You Believe About The Future? and We Had A Very Good Time.[3] Fifth Planet is a two-person play with 44 short scenes. Miss You is a "telephone play about love and unfaithfulness" [2] with a two-person cast, with each actor playing 2 roles, named "man" and "woman".[4] We Had A Very Good Time follows a married couple at the end of a vacation in an unnamed foreign country.[2] Damage Control concerns a political consultant preparing his political boss for a speech about a scandal the politician is involved in.[2] What Do You Believe About The Future? appeared in Harper's Magazine and has since been adapted for the screen.[1]

Auburn's first full-length play, Skyscraper, ran Off Broadway in September – October 1997. It concerns a group attempting to save a historic skyscraper from being demolished.

Auburn is best known for his 2000 play Proof,[5] which won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[6] He adapted it into a film, which was released in 2005.[7]

His play The Columnist had its world premiere in a production by the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway, running from April 3, 2012 through June 3, 2012 and starring John Lithgow with Boyd Gaines, Margaret Colin, Stephen Kunken, Marc Bonan, Grace Gummer and Brian J. Smith with direction by Daniel Sullivan.[8] Lost Lake premiered Off-Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club production at New York City Center—Stage 1, running from November 11 to December 21, 2014. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the two-person cast starred John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms.[9] The play was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and presented at the Sullivan Project at the University of Illinois in February 2014.[10][11] The first reading of Lost Lake was done at the O'Neill Center Rose Theater Barn July 26–27, 2013, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg and starring Frank Wood and Elsa Davis.[12]

Auburn has been awarded the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.[13] He received the Kesselring Prize in 2000 for Proof; the prize is given to a playwright who shows the most promise and comes with a $10,000 monetary award.[14]

Following Proof, he wrote the screenplay for the movie The Lake House, released by Warner Bros. in 2006. In 2007, he made his film directorial debut with The Girl in the Park, for which he also wrote the screenplay.[15] He has also directed stage works. He directed the play Sick by Zayd Dohrn at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in August 18 to September 6, 2009.[16] He directed Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in July 2013.[17] He directed the play Side Effects by Michael Weller in June and July 2011 at the Off-Broadway MCC Theater.[18]

Personal life

Auburn currently resides in Manhattan, New York. He has a wife and two daughters.




  1. ^ a b "David Auburn (1969–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
  2. ^ a b c d Reel, James. "Confronted With Issues" Tucson Weekly, January 24, 2008
  3. ^ Auburn, David. "Fifth Planet and Other Plays Short Comedy Collection", accessed September 12, 2015
  4. ^ a b c d Auburn, David. Fifth Planet and Other Plays, Dramatists Play Service Inc, 2002, ISBN 0822218259, pp. 8, 42, 68
  5. ^ The Broadway League. "David Auburn | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  6. ^ "Online NewsHour: Pulitzer Prize Winner – April 20, 2001". April 20, 2001. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  7. ^ Weber, Bruce. "David Auburn News – The New York Times". Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  8. ^ "'The Columnist' Listing". Theatre Communications Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  9. ^ "David Auburn's 'Lost Lake', Starring John Hawkes & Tracie Thoms, Opens Off-Broadway", November 11, 2014
  10. ^ "The Sullivan Project. 'Lost Lake'" Archived 2015-08-18 at the Wayback Machine, accessed September 2, 2015
  11. ^ Stasio, Marilyn. "Off Broadway Review: ‘Lost Lake’ Starring John Hawkes" Variety, November 11, 2014
  12. ^ Saifi, Sophia. "'s Brief Encounter With David Auburn, on 'Lost Lake', at the Annual Playwrights Conference" August 2, 2013
  13. ^ "David Auburn – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  14. ^ Ehren, Christine. "Proof's David Auburn Wins Kesselring Prize" Playbill, October 11, 2000
  15. ^ David Auburn on IMDb
  16. ^ "David Auburn Press Release", April 21, 2009, accessed September 2, 2015
  17. ^ Dorsey, Christina. "Pulitzer winner David Auburn develops new play the O’Neill", July 26, 2013
  18. ^ " 'Side Effects' Listing", accessed September 2, 2015
  19. ^ "'tick, tick...BOOM!' Listing". Retrieved April 4, 2012.

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