Eric Simonson

Writer & director for film, television, theatre, and opera

Eric Simonson is a writer and director for film, television, theatre and opera. Recent films include the documentary, "Studs Terkel: Listening to America," "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin", and "On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom."

Sport produces great human drama and there is no greater sports icon to bring to theatrical life than Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, unquestionably one of the most inspirational and quotable personalities of all time. Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and Tony® nominee Judith Lightled the Broadway cast of LOMBARDI, a new American play by Academy Award winner and Steppenwolf Theatre Company member Eric Simonson. Though football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Lombardi the man—his inspirations, his passions and ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible. Directed by Tony® nominee Thomas Kail (In the Heights), LOMBARDI is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.

LOMBARDI on Broadway played its final performance May 22, 2011. 

Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.

"I know nothing about football, but LOMBARDI held my attention from start to finish. I thought of my brother, a regular guy from a small Missouri town. I'd take him without a moment's hesitation. An extremely well-crafted piece of intelligent theater."
                                  -The Wall Street Journal

"Theres enough flexibility in the text and performances that we see Lombardi as a tactical genius one minute and a screaming buffoon the next. His Human flaw, alongside his talent, complete him ... LOMBARDI is solid playing in every sense of the word."
                                -Time Out New York

"LOMBARDI is theatrical catnip for husbands and boyfriends otherwise reluctant to see most Broadway shows: Football! Vince Lombardi! The legendary Packers!"
                               -Associated Press

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