A. R. (“Pete”) Gurney (playwright) has been writing plays for over 50 years. Among them are: Scenes from American Life, The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, Sylvia, Big Bill, Far East, Mrs. Farnsworth, Indian Blood, Buffalo Gal, The Grand Manner, and Office Hours. He taught literature at M.I.T. for 25 years before turning to writing full time. Besides plays, he has written three published novels, several television scripts, a few unproduced movies, and the librettos of two operas. Gurney is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has honorary degrees from Williams College and Buffalo State University.