JOHN ALLEN (Author Book & Lyrics) wrote 11 historical musicals for Theaterworks USA, including YOUNG JEFFERSON (music: Albert Hague), YOUNG MARK TWAIN (music: Mary Rodgers), LOOK TO THE STARS AND LADY LIBERTY (music: Joe Raposo) and YOUNG ABE LINCOLN (music: Jeffrey Lodin). He also wrote FORGE OF FREEDOM (Ford’s Theatre). His plays include OH SAY CAN YOU SEE L.A?, THE OTHER MAN (Off-Broadway), and LAUGHTER IN THE FAR DARK (Berkeley Stage Co). On Broadway, Mr. Allen directed DEAR OSCAR, BUT, SERIOUSLY, and I HAD A BALL. Allen began on Broadway as a performer in the original company of WHERE’S CHARLEY? which began his fifty-year association with George Abbott, assisting Mr. Abbott on fifteen Broadway shows.