Mark O'Donnell received the 2003 Tony Award for Hairspray. His plays include That's It, Folks!; Fables for Friends; The Nice and the Nasty; Strangers on Earth; Vertigo Park; and the musical Tots in Tinseltown. He collaborated with Bill Irwin on an adaptation of Moliere's Scapin and co-authored a translation of Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear.He has published two collections of comic stories Elementary Education and Vertigo Park and Other Tales (both Knopf) as well as two novels, Getting Over Homer and Let Nothing You Dismay (both in Vintage paperback). His humor, cartoons, and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Esquire. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the George S. Kaufman Award.