Frank McGuinness,born on July 29, 1953, in Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland. He lectures at University College, Dublin. His first major success as a playwright was the 1982 production of Factory Girls. His first internationally acclaimed play is the 1985 Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme. He is also the author of such celebrated plays as Innocence, The Factory Girls and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. His translations include Ibsen's Rosmersholm, Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House; Chekhov's Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya; Lorca's Yerma; Brecht's The Threepenny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle; and Sophocles' Electra and Ostrovsky's The Storm.