William Hauptman was born in Texas and attended the University of Texas and the Yale School of Drama. His plays include HEAT, DOMINO COURTS (Obie Award) and GILLETTE (LA Drama-Logue Award). For BIG RIVER (with a score by Roger Miller), he won a 1985 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories anthology, The Atlantic Monthly, Southwest Review, and Playboy Magazine. He is the author of the novel Storm Season and the stories, Good Rockin' Tonight. He has also written screenplays for film and television, garnering an Emmy nomination and an NAACP Freedom Foundation Award, and was a guest professor at the Texas Center for Writers, a program of the University of Texas in Austin. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Marjorie, and their son, Max.