Arthur Kopit

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Arthur Kopit
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Arthur Kopit in Ireland, July, 2011
Born Arthur Lee Kopit
(1937-05-10) May 10, 1937 (age 81)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Playwright
Years active 1962–present

Arthur Lee Kopit (born May 10, 1937) is an American playwright. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (Indians and Wings) and a three-time Tony Award nominee: Best Play, Indians, 1970; Best Play, Wings, 1979; and Best Book of a Musical, for Nine, 1982. He won the Vernon Rice Award (now known as the Drama Desk Award) in 1962 for his play Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad and was nominated for another Drama Desk Award in 1979 for his play Wings.[1]

Nine returned to Broadway in 2003 with Antonio Banderas as Guido and won two Tony Awards, including best revival; in 2009 Rob Marshall directed the film Nine based on Kopit's script, the principal cast consisting of Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, and Fergie (singer).[2]

Kopit attended Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Nassau County, New York.[3]

Kopit attended Harvard University. His first plays were staged while he was still an undergraduate at Harvard University. Later, Kopit taught at Wesleyan University, Yale University, and the City College of New York.[4] In 2005, Kopit donated his papers to the Fales Library at NYU.


  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1963)
  • Chamber Music (1965) — published in the collection Chamber Music and Other Plays including Chamber music, The questioning of Nick, Sing to me through open windows, The hero, The conquest of Everest, The day the whores came out to play tennis
  • Indians (1969), simultaneously a review of America's treatment of Native Americans and a critique of the Vietnam War; inspired the 1976 film by Robert Altman, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson.
  • Wings (1978), a more somber story of a stroke victim's recovery
  • Nine (1982), an adaptation of Federico Fellini's film
  • Good Help is Hard to Find (1982)
  • End of the World with Symposium to Follow (1984), a mordant investigation of the arms race and nuclear destruction.
  • Road to Nirvana[5] (1991)
  • Success (published in Plays in One Act, Ecco Press, 1991)
  • Phantom (1992), a musical version of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston.[6]
  • High Society (Broadway musical, 1998)
  • Y2K (2000)--Subsequently published under the title BecauseHeCan


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2006-09-20.  Awards for Arthur Kopit, Internet Broadway Database
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  3. ^ Kelly, Kevin. "THE CURIOUS CAREER OF ARTHUR KOPIT", The Boston Globe, February 22, 1987. Accessed July 10, 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  5. ^ "MISSING ARTHUR MILLER". May 28, 2005. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Phantom (Yeston/Kopit)". Retrieved August 28, 2014. 

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