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Lanford Wilson

Playwright

Lanford Wilson (1937 – 2011) is recognized as one of the foremost playwrights of his generation. Of his 17 full-length plays, six appeared on Broadway: The Gingham Dog (1968), Talley’s Folly (Pulitzer Prize for Drama and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Play, 1980), Fifth of July (520 performances, Tony nomination, 1981), Angels Fall (Tony nomination, 1983), Burn This (444 performances, 1987) and Redwood Curtain (1993). Off-Broadway productions included Balm in Gilead (1965), Home Free! (1965), The Madness of Lady Bright / Ludlow Fair (1965), The Rimers of Eldritch (1967, Drama Desk Award), Lemon Sky (1970), The Hot l Baltimore (NY Drama Critics Award for Best American Play 1973, Obie Award), The Mound Builders (1975, Obie Award), Serenading Louie (1976), A Tale Told (1981), Talley & Son (1985), The Moonshot Tape / A Poster of the Cosmos (1994), Sympathetic Magic (1997, Obie Award), Book of Days (2002) and Rain Dance (2003). Mr. Wilson was a pioneer of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre movement, with his early work appearing at the Caffe Cino, La MaMa and the Judson Poets Theater. In 1969, he co-founded Circle Repertory Company with his longtime collaborators Marshall W. Mason, Tanya Berezin and Rob Thirkield. He translated the classics Three Sisters (1997) and Ghosts (2002) and wrote the librettos for three operas: Summer and Smoke (1971) and This is the Rill Speaking (1992), both with composer Lee Hoiby, and A Betrothal. Among his many honors are his election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2004) and the Theater Hall of Fame (2001).
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