Lawrence Dukore

Lawrence began his writing career with the Richard Pryor film, Greased Lightning, which was produced by Hanna Weinstein for Warner Bros. His television play, A Mistaken Charity, was produced by Lindsay Law for PBS/American Playhouse and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best dramatic writing. As a lyricist, he wrote with the late Danny Hurd. Their songs were recorded by Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera. Mr. DuKore has also written daytime tv serials: One Life to Live for ABC and Search for Tomorrow for NBC. For Saturday morning television, he wrote the cartoon series, Thunder Cats and Silver Hawks. For somewhat older teenage girls, his novels, Never Love a Cowboy and Long Distance Love, were published by Bantam. The Boy Barrier and its French version, La RIvale were published by Scholastic. He is a member of The Workshop Theatre Company, the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit and the HB Playwrights Foundation (Uta Hagen/Herbert Berghof). His plays have been produced regionally and off-Broadway. Exploding the Swan had its world premiere at the Montauk Playhouse, produced by Bill and Anita Brown. His play, Spinsters, was presented at Tennessee Stage (Knoxville) in 2006 and also at CenterStage in Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. DuKore has been a semi-finalist three years running in the American Globe Theatre Festival of One Act Plays. In 2004, he was a finalist in the Heideman Awards competition at the Actors Theatre in Louisville for his one act play, When Men Were Men. Also, in 2004, this play took first prize/ “Audience Favorite” at the American Globe Theatre/Turnip Theatre Festival in New York City and in 2006, the play was presented in Kingwood (Texas) as part of their festival. In 2005, his one act play, The Day That Brando Died, was also a finalist in the Heideman Awards at the Actors Theatre in Louisville and in 2006, The Day That Brando Died was presented at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (Michigan) as part of their two day festival and subsequently presented at CenterStage in Greenville, South Carolina.