\n William Hauptman, plays




Story of Donald Crowhurst, British yachtsman who entered an around-the-world race; then hid out in the Antarctic for a year and faked position reports. His empty boat was found drifting a few hundred miles short of the finish line. (American Place Theater, 1974; Published by Performance Magazine.)


Story of Terry Schmidt, early 1960s serial killer. (The Public Theater, 1974; published by Yale/Theatre and Samuel French.)

Domino Courts/Comanche Café

Comedy about two 1930s gangster couples who meet at an Oklahoma motel. (American Place Theater, 1976; Village Voice Obie Award, 1977; Published by Samuel French, Performing Arts Journal, and in Stanley Richards' Best Short Plays of 1977.)

The Storm Season, cover

Big River

Musical adaptation of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, written in collaboration with composer Roger Miller. (Eugene O’Neill Theater, 1985. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Book, Best Score, and Best Musical. Revived on Broadway by the Deaf West Theatre Company of Los Angeles, 2003. Published by Grove Press and licensed by Rodgers & Hammerstein.)

"Hauptman has carved an intelligent, spiritually faithful narrative...Big River is a considerable joy. And then some." -Kevin Kelley, Boston Globe.


Comedy about the 1970s oil boom and bust in Gillette, Wyoming. (La Jolla Playhouse, 1986. American Repertory Theater, 1987. Winner, LA Drama-Logue Award, 1986. Published by Samuel French.)


The Great Unknown

Musical based on the life of John Wesley Powell, first modern American geologist and first explorer of the Grand Canyon, written in collaboration with Jim Wann, composer of Pump Boys and Dinettes.