Without a great book, a musical doesn't stand a chance. It's the backbone of the form which is why the best playwright for the job by miles was South Florida's very own Aurin Squire. A son of Miami Gardens, Aurin's relationship to Louis Armstrong began playing the violin in Lauderhill Symphonette, a small child's orchestra. Playing everything from bluegrass to classical to jazz standards, his connection to the legend grew and now continues to strengthen as he plays the notes of Satchmo's life for the stage. It's a responsibility he's honored to be given and one he was more than ready to run with.
One of the most sensitive and thoughtful writers working in theater and television today, Aurin has written a book worthy of Armstrong's shine, taking a look at his life from the inside for the whole wonderful world to see.
Aurin Squire (Playwright) is a playwright, reporter, and tv writer from South Florida. He is a New Dramatists resident playwright, as well as a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. In 2017, he won the Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Writers and was nominated by the WGA for his TV work. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His play Fire Season was an Emerald Prize winner and received its world premiere at Seattle Public Theatre in January 2019. In TV, Squire was a staff writer on the CBS political comedy Brain Dead and story editor on the NBC drama This is Us. Currently, he is a co-producer on the CBS legal drama The Good Fight and Evil. He graduated from The Juilliard School and Northwestern University.