John Patrick Shanley is from the Bronx. Mr. Shanley’s comedy FOUR DOGS AND A BONE was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, and subsequently enjoyed a commercial run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. It was also mounted in Los Angeles as the inaugural production of the Geffen Playhouse. Other full-length plays include THE BIG FUNK (New York Shakespeare Festival), BEGGARD IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY, ITALIAN-AMERICAN RECONCILIATION, SAVAGE IN LIMBO, DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA; and a wide variety of one act plays, including WELCOME TO THE MOON (Ensemble Studio Theatre). In the arena of film, Mr. Shanley wrote the screenplay for FIVE CORNERS, which won a Special Jury Prize (screenplay) at the Barcelona Film Festival. His script for MOONSTRUCK won both the Writers Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He made his debut as a feature film director with his script JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO. He also wrote the screen adaptations of both ALIVE and CONGO.