Richard Nelson is an American playwright and librettist. On Broadway, he wrote James Joyce's The Dead, winning a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (Belasco Theatre); Two Shakespearan Actors (Cort Theatre); Some Americans Abroad (Vivian Beaumont Theatre); and Chess (Imperial Theatre); and the book adaptations for The Father (Criterion Center Stage); Marriage of Figero (Circle in the Square Theatre); and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Belasco Theatre).
Nelson wrote and directed four plays centered around the Apple Family, a fictional household set in Rhinebeck, NY. The plays are That Hopey Changey Thing, focused on the 2010 midterm elections; Sweet and Sad, depicts the family on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks; Sorry, taking place on the 2012 presidential election; and Regular Singing, is set on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Each play debuted at Public Theatre and featured the same cast members.