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Episode 21
Lanford Wilson

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson joins Council member Jeffrey Sweet for a conversation that is as much a session on his writing process as it is a remembrance of his warmth and passion for the theatre.



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LANFORD WILSON (1937 – 2011)


Lanford Wilson was the author of seventeen full-length and over 30 short plays. He received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Talley’s Folly as well as three Tony Award nominations for Best Play. Other awards include the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award in Theatre Arts, The Institute of Arts and Letters Award, The Edward Albee Last Frontier Award, The John Steinbeck Award, The Drama-Logue Award (Los Angeles) for Talley’s Folly and Fifth of July, two New York Drama Critic's Circle Awards for Best Play (Talley’s Folly and Hot L Baltimore), 2 Obie Awards for Best Play (Hot L Baltimore and The Mound Builders), and an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. He was one of four founders (with Tanya Berezin, Rob Thirkield and Marshall W. Mason) of The Circle Repertory Company and was resident playwright there from 1969-1995. He translated The Three Sisters and Ghosts, wrote the teleplays Taxi! and The Migrants (both Emmy nominees) and the libretto for Lee Hoibe's opera of Summer and Smoke. He was a member of the theatre group Circle East and was on the Dramatists Guild Council.

Works Include: Home Free! (1964); The Madness of Lady Bright (1964); Balm in Gilead (1965); Ludlow Fair (1965); Wandering (1966); The Rimers of Eldritch (1967); The Gingham Dog (1968); Lemon Sky (1970); Serenading Louie (1970); The Great Nebula in Orion (1971); Ikke, Ikke, Nye, Nye, Nye (1972); The Family Continues (1972); The Hot l Baltimore (1973); The Mound Builders (1975) Brontosaurus (1977); Fifth of July (1978); Talley's Folly (1979); A Tale Told (1981, revised as Talley & Son); Angels Fall (1982); Burn This (1986); Redwood Curtain (1992); A Sense of Place (1996); Sympathetic Magic (1998); Book of Days (2000); Rain Dance (2002).


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