Constance Congdon has been called “one of the best playwrights our country and our language has ever produced” by Tony Kushner in his introduction her collection Tales of the Lost Formicans and Other Plays. In addition to Tales of the Lost Formicans, which has had hundreds of productions world-wide, Congdon’s plays include: Casanova, Dog Opera, No Mercy, Losing Father’s Body, Lips and Native American. Paradise Street was produced in Los Angeles and Amherst. Three commissions from the American Conservatory Theater: A Mother, starring Olympia Dukakis, a new verse version of The Misanthrope, and a new adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid, were all produced by American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has written plays for children and for young adults, librettos for operas and books for musicals. Her most recent play, Hair of the Dog, is about Shakespeare and Marlowe. She is an alumnus of New Dramatists, member of The Dramatists Guild and of PEN. Congdon has taught playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, but her home is as playwright-in-residence at Amherst College where she has taught playwriting for 30 years.