A.R. Gurney wrote plays for many years. The most produced are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, and Sylvia. Several of his plays including Family Furniture have been produced by the Flea Theater Off-Broadway. Gurney was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Theatre Hall of Fame, and received many awards for individual plays and for the body of his work. Gurney passed away June 14, 2017.