Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Michael Cristofer is said to be a man of many talents who loves drama in all of its varied forms: He has been an actor, a screenwriter, a playwright, a producer, and a director. Although he got his start writing plays such as The Shadow Box in the 1970’s and returned to the theater with Amazing Grace and Breaking Up in the 1990’s, Cristofer never ignored the “big screen”—the motion picture industry—because of any single-minded devotion to theater. Although writing for the stage is his preferred pursuit, Cristofer’s love for dramatic writing has led him also to write screenplays. Sometimes he has rewritten his own plays, such as his 1999 screenplay version of Breaking Up, but he created other screenplays, including his adaptation of John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick (1987), solely for the motion picture industry.