- Lived in and attended schools in California, South Africa and Brazil.
- Was playwright-in-residence with the New York Stage and Film Company from 1986 to 1989.
- Co-wrote "The Frightening Frammis," a 1993 episode of the Showtime anthology series Fallen Angels that marked the directorial debut of Tom Cruise.
- Was a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for his semi-autobiographical play A Fair Country.
- Has won numerous awards, including a 1987 Theatre Communications Group Playwrights USA Award, a Humanitas Award for the 1991 PBS American Playhouse production of Three Hotels, and a Guggenheim fellowship in 1999.
- Was artist-in-residence at the New School for Drama in New York for the 2009-10 academic year.