Tom Dulack


Tom Dulack

Tom Dulack is an award winning playwright whose work has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, in leading regional theatres around the country, and in countries all over the world.

His first professional play, Solomon's Child, was held over at the renowned Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven CT before transferring to Broadway and then to a French language production and a television adaptation in Brussels, Belgium.

Incommunicado, his drama about the American poet Ezra Pound, won the Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays. When it opened in Philadelphia in 1989, the Philadelphia Inquirer called it, "One of the strongest dramas written for the American stage in recent memory." It transferred to the Kennedy Center where it enjoyed a successful run, and later won both a best play and a best director award for Mr. Dulack in the Los Angeles production that starred Harold Gould.

Breaking Legs had its world premiere with Jack O'Brien directing at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 1989, where it was nominated as best new play by the San Diego Critics Circle. It has become a comic staple in stock and regional theatres all over America.

His comedy Friends Like These won the Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy in 2003. Among his other plays are 1348, which Mr Dulack directed at the Chelsea Playhouse in New York in 1999; Diminished Capacity, Just Deserts, End of the Century/York Beach, Shooting Craps, Francis, a drama about the saint from Assisi; The Elephant and Mrs. Rossetti, dealing with the marriage of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Lizzie Siddal; and the political plays My Country and The Road to Damascus.

A new comedy is currently in the works. So is a one-act opera, My Last Duchess, for which he wrote the libretto.

On the musical front, since 2005 Mr. Dulack has been almost single-handedly responsible for reviving the series of Young People's Concerts at the New York Philharmonic made famous in the 1960s by Leonard Bernstein. His work as script writer and director, using theatre wedded to classical music as a teaching device, has resulted in four straight seasons of sold out houses for this program, previously on life-support, and has become the talk of symphony orchestras around the country. He has brought his special talents also to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has been asked to create a similar program in Istanbul, Turkey.

In addition to his work in theatre, Mr. Dulack is the author of five books, including three novels, and a theatre memoir In Love With Shakespeare. He teaches in the English Department of the University of Connecticut, where he is a full professor, and is married to Belgian art historian Veronique Sintobin.

Articles by Tom Dulack:

Designing a Young People’s Concert Series
October 29, 2019