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Plays By Peter Colley

Cagney!I'll Be Back Before Midnight
Murder in NoirvilleThe Donnellys
The Man in the DesertWhen The Reaper Calls

Peter Colley is an award-winning British and Canadian writer based in Los Angeles and Toronto.  His stage plays have been produced in 27 countries, 48 of the 50 states in the U.S. and every province in Canada.  He was nominated for the 2000 Humanitas Prize for screenwriting and was a semi-finalist for the 2006 and 2007 Eugene O'Neill playwriting awards, was a winner of a 2008 New American Play Award from TCG (Theatre Communications Group).  In 2010 he was the winner of the Florida Carbonell Award for "Best New Work" with his new musical Cagney! - based on the life of James Cagney -  which premiered at the Florida Stage, starring Broadway's Robert Creighton, and has gone on to a number of regional and international productions. From his start as one of the youngest playwrights ever produced at Canada's National Arts Centre, he has gone on to win one international, six national and four regional awards for writing.  His plays have been translated into several languages (including sign-language for the deaf).  One of his plays (I'll Be Back Before Midnight) was named in a Toronto Globe & Mail retrospective on Canadian theatre as "the most produced Canadian play ever".  This play has grossed over $30 million worldwide.   For his body of work, the Canadian press called Mr. Colley "a national treasure".

Peter Colley has been published by Samuel French Inc., (New York and London), Baker's Plays of Boston, Macmillans, and Simon & Pierre.  Two of his plays have been made into feature films, with Mr. Colley writing both screenplays.  

He has written extensively for CBS Television, as well as Fox / Disney, British ITV, CBC Canada, WNET TV (New York). 

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Peter Colley is also the creator of an educational software program for writers called Great Dialogue Software.  This software has been sold in 35 countries. For more details go to: