Joe Calarco's published work includes in the absence of spring (inaugural production of Second Stage’s New Plays Uptown series, included in The Best Stage Scenes of 2004), Shakespeare’s R&J (Lucille Lortel Award), Walter Cronkite is Dead, and his short plays, Just A Little Sniffle and Parting Gifts. Other adaptations include A Midsummer Nights Dream (The Shakespeare Theater Company), and Antigone Renewed, which had its first workshop at the National Theater in London. Other produced work includes A Measure of Cruelty (Carbonell Award nomination Best New Work), Isolated Incidents, and Watershed. He is the book writer for the musicals The Mysteries of Harris Burdick The Mysteries of Harris Burdick with composer Chris Miller and lyricist Nathan Tysen, which had its West End premiere in conjunction with Mercury Musical Developments in London and its U.S. premier at Barrington Stage Company as part of William Finn’s Musical Theatre Lab, SCKBSTD (songs by Bruce Hornsby), Golden Gate with composer/lyricist Richard Pearson Thomas, The Last Days of Cleopatra, and he was a contributing book writer of The Audience (The Transport Group.) Upcoming: Home Front: a play with songs, 295N (Signature Theatre). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Director of New Works at Signature Theater in Virginia.