DOUG COONEY (playwright, co-author of original book) is a Los Angeles based playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His plays and musicals include Nobody’s Perfect (Kennedy Center), Imagine (South Coast Rep), The Beloved Dearly (Lincoln Center Institute), The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (Kirk Douglas Theatre), and The Legend of Alex (Mark Taper Forum). Additional productions include Battledrum (Eckerd Theater Company), Here and Now (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Long Story Short (Florida Stage), Innocent Until (Florida Stage) and The Final Tour (Sundance Theatre Labs). He is the author of several books for young readers, including The Beloved Dearly, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, as well as books co-written with the actress Marlee Matlin, Nobody’s Perfect, Leading Ladies and the forthcoming Deaf Beth. Cooney has written screenplays and television scripts for Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films, SONY Pictures, SONY Animation, Disney Channel and Fox Television. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild, and is represented by Harden-Curtis Associates.