Playwright and screenwriter who won a Tony Award and an Oliver Award for his smash hit play Children of a Lesser God. He'd also win an Obie Award for When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?
He earned a master's at Stanford. He worked as an instructor at the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute before writing his first play, The Wager.
He founded the American Southwest Theater Company and won a Kennedy Center Medallion for Excellence in Education and Artistic Achievement.
He married his second wife Stephanie Thorne in 1972. He had a daughter named Jessica who went on to become a director.
He discovered Neil Patrick Harris, casting him in his 1988 film Clara's Heart.