His play, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train performed at Donmar Warehouse, was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for BBC Award for Best New Play of 2002.

He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

His play, "Between Riverside and Crazy" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Equity) Award for Large Play Production.

His play, Our Lady of 121st Street, of Eclipse Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2017 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Play Production.

Won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play "Between Riverside and Crazy".

Of Egyptian and Irish descent.