Tom Cone


Tom Cone was a Canadian-American playwright and librettist. Plays of his include Herringbone, Stargazing and Love at Last Sight. Cone wrote librettos for operas The Architect (for Vancouver Opera, 1993), The Gang (Vancouver New Music, 1997), and Game Misconduct (Vancouver Playhouse 2000). He also wrote adaptations of Molière's The Miser and Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, which were performed at the Stratford Festival where he was a writer-in-residence between 1978 and 1980. He adapted Herringbone into a musical in 1981, with music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. It premiered in Chicago followed by productions in New York at Playwrights Horizons, in London at The King's Head Theatre, at the Edinburgh Festival, at Hartford Stage starring Joel Grey, and in many cities throughout North America. From 2007 to 2009 it toured Williamstown Theater Festival, McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ) and the La Jolla Playhouse (CA) in a production starring BD Wong, directed by Roger Rees. Tom Cone lived in Vancouver where he was an active curator and promotor of experimental music and the avant-garde. He died in April 2012 of cancer.

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