Marsha Norman

Lyricist Playwright

Marsha Norman is the winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play ‘Night, Mother.  In 1992 she won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award  for her book for the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden.  She also wrote the book for the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, for which she also received a Tony nomination.  The Color Purple is currently in the third year of its national first-class tour.  Her new play, The Master Butcher's Singing Club, premiered at the Guthrie Theatre in the fall of 2010. She won a Peabody Award for her writing on the HBO television series, "In Treatment", starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest.  Her most recent work  is the adaptation of The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra, with music conducted and written by Jason Robert Brown.  The CD has been released by TRW and PS Classics..


Her other plays include Getting Out, for which she won the John Gassner Medallion and the American Theater Critics Association Citation, Third and Oak: The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, The Holdup, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Loving Daniel Boone, Trudy Blue, and Last Dance.