Michael Cristofer

Michael Cristofer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and an Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award for the Broadway production of his play, The Shadow Box. Subsequent to New York, the play was produced in every major American city and worldwide from Europe to the Far East. Other plays include Breaking Up, produced by Primary Stages; Ice, produced by Manhattan Theatre Club; Black Angel, produced by Circle Repertory Company; The Lady and the Clarinet, produced by the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theater, Off-Broadway and on the London Fringe; and Amazing Grace which was produced by Blue Light Theater Co. and which received the American Theater Critics Award as the best play produced in the United States during the 1996-97 season. Mr. Cristofer’s film work includes the screenplays for "The Shadow Box" directed by Paul Newman (Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination), "Falling in Love," with Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro, "The Witches of Eastwick" with Jack Nicholson, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" directed by Brian DePalma, and Robert Greenwald’s version of "Breaking Up" starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek. His directing credits include "Gia," for HBO Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway, which was nominated for 5 Emmies and for which he won a Director’s Guild Award. He next directed "Body Shots" starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Jerry O’Connell, Amanda Peet and Tara Reid and "Original Sin" starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas which was released in 2001. For eight years he worked as artistic advisor and finally co- artistic director of River Arts Repertory, a company which produced new plays by writers such as Richard Nelson, Mac Wellman, Len Jenkin, Eric Overmeyer and many others including the American premiere of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women – a production which later moved to Off-Broadway. Also at River Arts, he wrote stage adaptations of the films Love Me or Leave Me and the legendary Casablanca, and directed Joanne Woodward in his own adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts. His most recent work for the theater, The Whore and Mr. Moore is in workshop at the Actor’s Studio where he is a member.
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Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Don't Go Gentle Lucille Lortel Theatre 10/14/2012 Lawrence
2 The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures Joseph Papp Public Theater/Newman Theater 05/05/2011 Gus
3 A Body of Water 59E59 Theater A 10/14/2008 Moss
4 Trumpery Linda Gross Theater 12/05/2007 Darwin
5 Romeo and Juliet Delacorte Theater 06/19/2007 Lord Capulet
6 No End of Blame Stage 73 12/15/1981 Bela Veracek
7 Conjuring an Event American Place Theatre 03/10/1978 Charlie

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 The Blues are Running New York City Center-Stage II 11/03/1996 Playwright
2 Breaking Up Primary Stages 09/29/1993 Playwright
3 The Lady and the Clarinet Lucille Lortel Theatre 11/28/1983 Playwright
4 Black Angel Circle Repertory Theatre 12/19/1982 Playwright
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2011 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures Actor