David Hare is one of Great Britain’s most prolific playwrights, having written close to 40 plays. In 2015, a longtime theatre critic for The Washington Post called him “the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” Slag, his first play, was produced in 1970, and his impressive body of work includes Knuckle, The Great Exhibition, Brassneck (with Howard Brenton), Fanshen, Teeth ’n’ Smiles, Plenty, A Map of the World, Pravda(with Brenton), Wrecked Eggs, The Bay at Nice, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War, Amy’s View, The Blue Room (adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde), The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath of Life, The Permanent Way, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsemane, Berlin/Wall, The Power of Yes, South Downs, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Red Barn, and I’m Not Running. As a screenwriter, Hare has received Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Hours and The Reader, and has also adapted several of his plays for film and television. Other screenplays include Paris by Night, Strapless, Damage, and Denial. Hare has also directed for stage, film, and television. He is the author of a memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, and was knighted in 1998.