His play "Doubt" has won several awards for outstanding dramatic play including: the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the 2004-2005 Drama Desk Award and the 2005 Tony Award. The play is about a molestation charge in a Catholic school.

The New York City area in which he grew up was the setting of his first script, Five Corners (1987).

Successful playwright of such works as "Savage In Limbo" and "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea". Whenever possible, he directs his plays as well.

After he was thrown out of Catholic school in New York, he attended the private Thomas Moore Prep School in Harrisville, New Hampshire. He then returned to New York and attended New York University, left to enlist in the military and then returned to finish university on the G.I. Bill. He graduated in 1977 as valedictorian.

He was the 2009 Commencement Speaker at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York.

Directed four Oscar nominated performances: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, all of them for their work in Doubt (2008).

His play, "Psychopathia Sexualis" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Production.

He was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Writing for "Psychopathia Sexualis" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.