I was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1942, while my father was serving with the Army in Europe. Later, he resumed his previous identity--petroleum geologist-and took me on fabulous journeys across Wyoming and Arizona. (See my story, The Desert.) He also introduced me to the theatre when he took me to see Gene Autry and Champion, the Wonder Horse, at the Memorial Auditorium.
After studying drama in Austin, that wonderful town, I tried the hippy life, living in a walk-in closet in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love. (See my story, Kozmic Blues.) Then I went to New York and the Yale Drama School.
My first plays were produced in New York and at regional theaters. But my greatest success was Big River-a musical adaptation of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, with a score by the great country composer Roger Miller, which became a Broadway hit.
I've received various grants, including a Guggenheim; written journalism; several screenplays for the studios, including Amblin and Merchant-Ivory; and taught at the Yale Drama School and the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas.
I live now in Brooklyn, New York, another wonderful town, with my wife, Marjorie. My son Max is a cadet at West Point, and my daughter Sarah, who works for the State Department, has recently blessed me with two grand-children, Veronica and Ian.
history; photography; rock-climbing and desert hiking.
New York, Austin, and Big Bend National Park.