American dramatist, long resident in Britain, best known for Our Country's Good (1987), based on Keneally's novel The Playmaker, which dealt with the first play (Farquhar's Recruiting Officer) performed by penal settlers in Australia; it has been much revived around the world. Her other plays include The Grace of Mary Travers (1985), which deals with a woman coming to personal and political awareness during the Gordon riots of the 1780s, and Three Birds Alighting on a Field (1992), about the commercial art market at the height of the Thatcher economic boom. After Darwin (1998) mixes past and present in an examination of evolution and extinction. Recent plays include Credible Witness (2001) and Galileo's Daughter (2004). She has also written frequent stage, radio, and TV adaptations, including versions of Wharton's The Children, Sophocles' Theban Plays, and Euripides' Hecuba.