Dale Wasserman, a prolific writer of drama, admits to little more than being born (1917).
“I was born. That seems fairly certain, but where or when less so, since I could not boast a birth certificate. By profession I’d describe myself as a Showbiz Hobo, having made the jump from riding the rails to theatre pro at the age of 19. I’ve been a stage manager, lighting designer, producer and director. At the age of 33, in the midst of directing an unspeakable Broadway musical, I walked, feeling that I couldn’t possibly write worse than the stuff I was directing. Writing was difficult due to an almost total lack of education. In my years of jumping freights, though, I did a heap of reading, ‘borrowing’ two books at a time from small town libraries, returning them to another library in a town further down the line, and hooking two more. (It’s possible that single-handed I brought the Dewey Decimal System to its knees.)
"I succeeded as a writer by lucking into the Golden Age of Television and thereafter segued into stage plays and movies. I have written around fifty works for TV, some two dozen stage plays and musicals and fifteen feature films. For a time I occupied an executive suite at MGM as a producer-writer. Upon being sprung, I wrote the stage adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which flies lustily to this very day…" 
A product of the road and a raffish background, he claims neither academic discipline nor training.
Dale Wasserman was born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and has worked in various aspects of theatre since the age of nineteen. His formal education ended after one year of high school in Los Angeles. It was there that he started as a self-taught lighting designer, director and producer, starting with musical impresario Sol Hurok as stage managerr and lighting design and for the Katherine Dunham Company, where he invented lighting patterns imitated later in other dance companies. In addition to U.S. cities, he has produced and directed abroad in places such as London and Paris. It was in the middle of directing a Broadway musical—which, out of persistent revulsion, Mr. Wasserman refuses to name—that he abruptly walked out, feeling he "couldn't possibly write worse than the stuff [he] was directing" and left his previous occupations to become a writer. "Every other function was interpretive; only the writer was primary." It this he has succeded enormously.
His first play, Elisha and the Long Knives, received an award as "TV Play of the Year". He wrote some thirty more television dramas, making him one of the better known writers in the Golden Age of Television. Two of his stage plays predominate: Man of La Mancha and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, whose stagings place him among the most produced American playwrights worldwide. Man of La Mancha ran for five years on Broadway and continues worldwide in more than thirty languages. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ran for six years in San Francisco and has had extensive engagements in Chicago, New York, Boston and other U.S. cities. Foreign productions have appeared in Paris, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, Belgium, and Japan.
Some insight into Wasserman's inner workings may be found in his work Man of La Mancha. "I wrote Man of La Mancha because I believed in it. It is my most personal play," he said in an interview.  He felt drawn to the author of the original novel Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, who led a life that Wasserman calls a "catalogue of catastrophe", but was able to produce one of the world's most memorable stories. Perhaps he holds with the words of his Don Quixote: "I hope to add some measure of grace to the world. . . . Whether I win or lose does not matter, only that I follow the quest".
Reclusive by nature, he and his wife, Martha Nelly Garza, make their home in Arizona ("because it's the one State which refuses to adopt Daylight Saving Time.").
His protagonists are a bit like Wasserman himself: raffish rebels, fiercely independent fools—poets, madmen and misfits—societal outcasts who defy authority and “tilt at windmills”, reluctant heroes (sometimes anti-heroes), who are called upon to make some extraordinary sacrifice in order to protect or preserve their personal freedom or that of others.
The latter two plays comprise the World Premiere of Open Secrets which opened In June of 2006 at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California.
Television Program Writing Credits
More than fifty, mostly in the Golden Age of Television.
"As to awards, I have received the usual quota of Emmys, Tonys, Ellys and Robbys and, for all I know, Kaspars and Hausers. I’m unsure of the number because I don’t attend awards ceremonies and so receive the knick-knacks by mail if at all. Ah, yes, one exception: when the University of Wisconsin offered an Honorary Doctorate, I did appear in cap and gown to address the audience in the football stadium at Madison, because a scant quarter-mile from where I was being Doctored, I had hopped my first freight at the age of 12. Irony should not be wasted."
Three honorary degrees, including:
The Impossible Musical, by Dale Wasserman