Tom Sharkey (1934-2008), author-composer-lyricist-producer, began his career at the age of 19 as a writer-editor for the Chicago Magazine and published two books before graduating from Chicago State University. He was Playwright-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a winner of Golden Camera and Silver Screen awards for his industrial movies; and a special material writer for many celebrities. He developed "Sharkey Shows” for Hershey Park, Six Flags Over Texas, and the Las Vegas Strip. Mr. Sharkey’s plays (more than a dozen) have been enjoyed by audiences around the world and honored for their creativity. Dreams garnered three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best New Play, and subsequently moved to the New Vic Theater in New York City; Just Say Yes was selected best play of the year by the Evanston Drama Club; and Together Again received a Long Beach Playhouse 2005 Annual New Works Festival Prize. Mr. Sharkey’s diverse interests and talents are showcased in his plays. Two one-person shows offer entertaining character studies: St. Jane, the story of Jane Addams that has toured throughout Illinois, and A Small Eternity With Jack Benny, which had several large west coast productions. Political themes are highlighted in the comedy All of the People All of the Time and the drama The Nixon Tapes, which played concurrently with the last days of the Nixon presidency. Romantic comedy delights audiences in My Heart Reminds Me and Amy’s Wish. Mr. Sharkey’s love of music shines in his musical, Cinderella Brown, which had a lengthy run at the Forum Theater in Chicago and in the Virgin Islands; and in It’s A Wonderful Life, the musical stage version of the Frank Capra film, which never fails to charm theatergoers each holiday season.