(September 2, 1936 - December 6, 1998) was an American writer
. His most distinguished achievement was perhaps his acclaimed 1970 Broadway thriller Child's Play
, for which he garnered a Tony
nomination for Best Play of the Year. Though he himself lost, the production won awards for many of the other personnel involved in its staging and the play was the recipient of glowing reviews from many leading critics. It was adapted to the screen in 1972 with a cast headed by James Mason
, Robert Preston
and Beau Bridges
, and was directed by Sidney Lumet
. The play drew on his experience as a teacher of Latin and Greek at Regis High School (New York City)
After his success with Child's Play, however, Marasco's writing career saw the publication of only two novels and no further plays. He published the horror novel Burnt Offerings in 1973, and Parlor Games in 1979. Burnt Offerings was adapted to the screen in 1976 by director Dan Curtis.
Robert Marasco died of lung cancer in 1998.