William Moses Hoffman (b. 1939)

Born in New York City, New York, United States, Hoffman's earliest works either were mounted in small, experimental off-off-Broadway theaters in New York City or remain unproduced.

It was not until 1985 that he achieved critical acclaim and public recognition when the Broadway-theatre production of his play, As Is, one of the first plays to focus on AIDS, opened in New York City at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for 285 performances. Hoffman won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play (1985) and an Obie Award (1984-85) for Playwriting and nominations for a Tony Award for Best Play (1985). The following year, he adapted the work for a television production directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

In 1991, Hoffman was commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera Company to write the libretto for The Ghosts of Versailles first produced in celebration of the company's centennial. A 1993-televised production starred Teresa Stratas, Renée Fleming, and Graham Clark. Hoffman earned an Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Classical Music/Dance Programming.

As an editor at Hill and Wang, Hoffman promoted the careers of Lanford Wilson, Tom Eyen, and Joe Orton, among others, by including their plays in either his New American Plays series or his anthology, Gay Plays: A First Collection.

Hoffman currently is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Lehman College at The City University of New York.

Plays

Title Date
A Book of Etiquette 1978
As Is 1985
The Cherry Orchard, Part II 1983
Children's Crusade 1972
Cornbury 1979
From Foot to Hanged 1972
Giles de Rais 1975
Good Night, I Love You 1966
Gulliver's Travels 1978
Incantation 1967
Luna 1970
A Quick Nutbread to Make Your Mouth Water 1970
Saturday Night at the Movies 1966
Shoe Palace Murray 1978
Thank You, Miss Victoria 1965
xxx 1969
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