William Hauptman was born in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the Yale School of Drama. His plays include Heat, Shearwater, Gillette, and Domino Courts, which won a 1977 Village Voice Obie Award. Big River, written in collaboration with composer Roger Miller, won seven 1985 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, the Atlantic Monthly, Southwest Review, and includes the novel Storm Season. He has also written several screenplays for the studios. Mr. Hauptman has taught at the Yale Drama School, the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, and lives in Brooklyn.