Craig Lucas Analysis

Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

In addition to the plays listed above, Craig Lucas has written many one-act plays, five screenplays, and essays about theater for periodicals and anthologies. His best-known screenplays are for Longtime Companion (1990), one of the first major films to treat the subject of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), and Prelude to a Kiss (1992).


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Craig Lucas’s work has been given recognition in the form of prizes and fellowships, including Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communications Group awards. He has received a Tony nomination and been a Pulitzer finalist. Prizes won include George and Elisabeth Marton Awards (Blue Window, 1984), Los Angeles Drama Critics Award (Blue Window, 1985), Sundance Audience Award (Longtime Companion, 1990), Burns Mantle Best Musical (Three Postcards, 1987), the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Art and Letters (2000), and an Obie (2001) for his direction of Saved or Destroyed (pr. 2000) by Harry Kondoleon.


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Lucas, Craig. “Eyes Wide Open.” Interview by Sarah Schulman. American Theatre 18, no. 36 (January, 2001). A provocative interview that covers Lucas’s life and career.

Schulman, Sarah. “Eyes Wide Open.” American Theatre 18 (January, 2001): 36. A provocative interview that covers Lucas’s personal life and professional career.

Schulman, Sarah. Stage Struck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1998. Schulman discusses a variety of topics related to the portrayal of the gay experience in contemporary drama, asserting that works by straight writers convey a sanitized and false portrayal of gay life.

Sinfield, Alan. Out on Stage: Lesbian and Gay Theater in the Twentieth Century. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1999. An analysis of gay theater in the context of contemporary culture.