Thomas Kilroy (playwright) is one of Ireland's most distinguished playwrights, with 13 stage plays to his credit, most of which have premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, including THE SHAPE OF METAL. In his early career he was play editor at the Abbey. Subsequently, he co-founded (with Brian Friel, Stephen Rea and Tom Paulin) and was Director of the touring theatre company Field Day. His plays include The Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche; The O'Neill; Tea and Sex and Shakespeare; Talbot's Box; The Seagull (adapted from Chekhov); Double Cross; The Madame MacAdam Traveling Theatre; and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde. He has also adapted Ibsen's Ghosts and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. His 1971 novel, The Big Chapel, was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize, and was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize. His other awards include the Heinemann Award for Literature; The Aib Literary Prize; the American- Irish Foundation Award for Literature; The Rockefeller Foundation Residency; the Kyoto University Foundation Fellowship; and a Prix Nikki Special Commendation. He is a member of The Irish Academy of Letters, The Royal Society of Literature, and Aosdána. In 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Times/ESB Theater Awards.