Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright David Auburn has been keeping busy between theatre projects with work from Hollywood. The scribe, whose lauded Proof just announced a closing date of Jan. 5, 2003, is currently working on two screen adaptations of two novels, as confirmed by the author's agent. Miramax and Laura Ziskin Productions have commissioned Auburn to adapt Paul Watkins' World War II thriller novel, "The Forger," into a screenplay. He has also adapted the novel, "Triage," into a screenplay for producer-actor-director Sydney Pollack.
When the playwright spoke with Playbill On-Line (April 2001), — an hour after winning the Pulitzer — the then 31-year-old Juilliard playwriting graduate insisted he "would love to keep writing plays." He was then working on two new "realistic" plays: one set in Ohio during the Great Depression and another focusing on an historical subject he would rather not discuss.
Proof has made its mark as the longest running Broadway play since Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, which opened at the Little Theatre in 1982 and lasted 1,222 performances. When the drama closes at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Jan. 5, 2003, it will have played 918 performances and 16 previews.