Heather McDonald’s play An Almost Holy Picture was named Best New Play of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, nominated for a 2002 Pulitzer Prize, won the 2002 Kesselring Prize, and opened on Broadway at Roundabout Theatre. Her next play When Grace Comes In premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in the summer of 2002 and was produced by the Seattle Repertory Theatre the following September. In 2004, McDonald wrote the libretto for composer Jake Heggie’s second opera. The End of the Affair received its world premiere at Houston Grand Opera in 2004 and will receive its West Coast premiere at Seattle Opera in 2005. McDonald is currently working on an adaptation of Gerda Lerner’s memoir Firewood for Madison Repertory Theatre. Her other works include Dream of a Common Language, Available Light: A Play With Music, Faulkner’s Bicycle, The Rivers and Ravines, and Rain and Darkness: Hitting for the Cycle.