Screenwriter to speak on campus

Philip Seymour Hoffman speaks at a Hudson Union Society event in September 2010. Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film “Doubt,” which was written and directed by John Patrick Shanley.
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By Rachel Ambelang
Guest Contributor

Acclaimed “Doubt” playwright, screenwriter and director John Patrick Shanley will visit Baylor on Monday. Shanley will be discussing his career as a part of the Beall-Russell 2011 Lecture in the Humanities.

Shanley’s talents span the different categories of the arts, and he has been recognized with some of the most coveted honors. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as the Writers Guild of America Award in 1987 for the film “Moonstruck.”

In 2005, Shanley wrote the play “Doubt: A Parable,” which won both a Tony for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Shanley then adapted his theatrical production into a screenplay in 2008 and directed the film version starring major Hollywood stars including Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

Shanley’s lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. in 510 Cashion Academic Center.