Gérald Sibleyras was born in 1961 in Paris. His most notable work is the 2003 Le Vent des Peupliers, which has been translated and produced in countries worldwide including the United Kingdom, Germany, Uruguay and now the United States. The play was commissioned by the Théâtre Montparnasse and received four Molières nominations including Meilleur Auteur (Best Author). Future translations and productions are planned for Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Finland, and many others… His next play L’Inscription was produced in 2004 in Paris and later in Poland. La Danse de L’Albatros premiered in Paris in 2006. It was the hit of the season starring Pierre Arditi with future productions planned in Belgium, Canada and Italy. Une Heure et Demie de Retard (2005 – An Hour and a Half Late) adapted by Mel Smith, was produced in England and toured for several months. In 2003 Un Petit Jeu Sans Conséquence (Consequences) was awarded 5 Molières Awards. Focus Film is preparing a remake of the French movie. Gérald Sibleyras adapted William Nicholson’s The Retreat From Moscow (La Retraite de Russie), produced in Paris in January 2007. His latest play is Le Banc, and he is currently adapting his play La Danse de L'Albatros for the screen.
Tom Stoppard was born July 3, 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. He began writing plays for radio and television during the 1960s, and in 1966, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play was produced at the National Theatre in 1967 and also on Broadway that same year, winning a Tony Award for Best Play in 1968. He won a second Tony for Travesties (1975). His more recent plays include Arcadia (1993, winner of multiple awards including the Olivier for Best New Play), Hapgood (1998), the trilogy The Coast of Utopia (winner of the 2007 Tony for Best Play), and Rock n Roll (2006). He has also written screenplays for The Bourne Ultimatum, Shakespeare in Love, and a new English version of Chekov's Ivanov (2008). Knighted in 1997, Stoppard lives in London.