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Episode 26
Marsha Norman


Marsha Norman who has received multiple awards for her body of work including the Pulitzer Prize for 'night, Mother, discusses her start in the theatre and shares her experience with Gary Garrison, the Executive Director of Creative Affairs.


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Marsha Norman received the Pulitzer Prize for her play, 'night, Mother and a Tony Award for her book of the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. Her other plays include Getting Out, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Trudy Blue and Last Dance. Her published work includes Four Plays, Vol. I: Collected Plays of Marsha Norman and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has numerous film and TV credits, Grammy and Emmy nominations, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Ms. Norman is co-chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of the Juilliard School and served as Vice-Presidenet of the Council of the Dramatists Guild for 9 years. She is a native of Kentucky who lives in New York City and Long Island with her two children.

Works Include: Getting Out (1977); Third and Oak: The Laundromat (1978); Third and Oak: The Pool Hall (1978); Circus Valentine (1978-79); Merry Christmas (1979); The Holdup (1983); ‘night, Mother (1982); Traveler in the Dark (1984); Sarah and Abraham (1987-88); The Secret Garden (book and lyrics)(1990); Loving Daniel Boone (1991-92); The Red Shoes (book and lyrics) (1993); Trudy Blue (1994-95); Love’s Fire: Fresh Numbers by Seven American Playwrights (1998); Last Dance (2003); The Color Purple (book) (2004); The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony (2009).