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is an American dramatist, best known for his award winning Broadway comedies, La Bête
La Bête is a comedy by American playwright, David Hirson. Written in rhymed couplets of iambic pentameter, the Molière-inspired story, set in 17th century France, pits dignified, stuffy Elomire, the head of the royal court-sponsored theatre troupe, against the foppish, frivolous street entertainer...
and Wrong Mountain
Hirson was born in New York City
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to actress, Alice
Alice Hirson is an American actress best known for her roles on television.She appeared regularly in soap opera with roles as Stephanie Martin on The Edge of Night, as Marcia Davis on Somerset, and as Eileen Riley Siegel on One Life to Live...
, and playwright, Roger O. Hirson
Roger O. Hirson is an American dramatist and screenwriter best known for his books of the Broadway musicals, Pippin, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, and Walking Happy...
. He was educated at the Rye Country Day School
Rye Country Day School, or Rye Country Day or RCDS, is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school located in Rye, New York. Its Upper School , Middle School , and Lower School enroll a total of 886 students on its 26-acre campus...
, and went on to attend Oxford and Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...
, where he received a bachelors degree in English literature
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Awards and nominations
- 1991 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award
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– La Bête
- 1992 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy – La Bête
- 1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play – La Bête