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Lanford Wilson

Producer, Writer, Presenter, Other
( b. Apr 13, 1937 Lebanon, Missouri, USA - d. Mar 24, 2011 Wayne, New Jersey, USA ) Male
Wilson was a playwright who emerged out of the scrappy Off-Off-Broadway scene to compose humane, lyrical dramas of American life that played on Broadway and in theatres around the world. Mr. Wilson himself was from Missouri, and treated the characters in his plays with the even, reasonable perspective of a Midwesterner. He was born to Ralph Eugene and Violetta Tate Wilson in Lebanon, MO.

After a six-year stay in Chicago, where he attended the University of Chicago and began writing plays, he moved to New York in 1960. His first produced works were mainly experimental one-acts such as Ludlow Fair, Home Free!, and The Madness of Lady Bright. Mr. Wilson's work was first seen in such bohemian, downtown dens as Caffe Cino and Cafe LaMaMa E.T.C. His youthful colleagues at that time of artistic revolution included writers Sam Shepard, Leonard Melfi, John Guare and Jean Claude van Itallie. He said the best advice he ever received was from Cino: "Do what you have to do."

In 1969, he created his own artistic home. He was one of four founding members of the Circle Repertory Company, a troupe dedicated to a policy of company playwrights writing for company actor. The theatre became an influential Off-Broadway hothouse of talent during the 1970s, and it was there that many of his Mr. Wilson's significant works debuted, including The Hot l Baltimore, Fifth of July and Talley's Folly. Most were directed by Circle Rep co-founder Mason. Together the two men formed one of the most formidable playwright-director teams in the annals of American theatre.

Mr. Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for Talley's Folly, one of his mildest works, and the central and most famous play in his "Talley Trilogy."

His other plays included The Rimers of Eldritch, The Gingham Dog, Lemon Sky, Angels Fall, Serenading Louie, The Mound Builders, among others. Several of these played Broadway in the 1970s and 1980s, and he was nominated for Tony Awards for Angels Fall, Fifth of July and Talley's Folly.

Source: Playbill.com




Productions Date of Productions
The Three Sisters
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Translated by Lanford Wilson
Feb 13, 1997 - Apr 06, 1997
Master Class
[Play, Original]
  • Originally commissioned by The Circle Repertory Company
Nov 05, 1995 - Jun 29, 1997
Redwood Curtain
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Produced by The Circle Repertory Company
  • Written by Lanford Wilson
  • Originally produced by The Circle Repertory Company
  • Commissioned by The Circle Repertory Company
Mar 30, 1993 - May 02, 1993
Prelude to a Kiss
[Play, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Originally produced by The Circle Repertory Company
May 01, 1990 - May 19, 1991
Burn This
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Written by Lanford Wilson
  • Originally produced by The Circle Repertory Company
Oct 14, 1987 - Oct 29, 1988
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
[Play, Comedy, Melodrama, Original]
  • Originally produced by The Circle Repertory Company
Apr 06, 1987 - Aug 01, 1987
As Is
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Originally produced by The Circle Repertory Company
May 01, 1985 - Jan 04, 1986
Angels Fall
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by The Circle Repertory Company
  • Written by Lanford Wilson
Jan 22, 1983 - Mar 13, 1983
Fifth of July
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Lanford Wilson
  • Originally presented at The Circle Repertory Company
Nov 05, 1980 - Jan 24, 1982
Talley's Folly
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Lanford Wilson
  • Originally produced by The Circle Repertory Company
Feb 20, 1980 - Nov 18, 1980
Gemini
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by The Circle Repertory Company
May 21, 1977 - Sep 06, 1981
Knock Knock
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by arrangement with The Circle Repertory Company
Feb 24, 1976 - Jul 03, 1976
The Gingham Dog
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Lanford Wilson
Apr 23, 1969 - Apr 26, 1969
1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
  The Circle Repertory Company (for "Three Hotels") [nominee]
1989 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
  The Circle Repertory Company (for "Reckless") [nominee]
1985 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival
  The Circle Repertory Company (for "Balm in Gilead") [nominee]
1983 Tony Award® Best Play
 Angels Fall [nominee]
Written by Lanford Wilson; Produced by The Circle Repertory Company
1981 Tony Award® Best Play
 Fifth of July [nominee]
Written by Lanford Wilson
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
 Fifth of July [nominee]
Written by Lanford Wilson
1980 Tony Award® Best Play
 Talley's Folly [nominee]
Written by Lanford Wilson
1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
winnerTalley's Folly [winner]
Written by Lanford Wilson
1980 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
 Talley's Folly [nominee]
Written by Lanford Wilson
1979 Theatre World Special Award
nominee The Circle Repertory Company (for an enviable ten-year record in discovering and encouraging new talent) [recipient]
1979 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
 Talley's Folly [nominee]
Written by Lanford Wilson; Originally produced by The Circle Repertory Company
1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
 Fifth of July [nominee]
Written by Lanford Wilson; Originally presented at The Circle Repertory Company
1977 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play (American)
 Gemini [nominee]
Produced by The Circle Repertory Company
1974 Drama Desk Award Vernon Rice Award
winner The Circle Repertory Company [winner]
1967 Drama Desk Award Vernon Rice-Drama Desk Award
winner Lanford Wilson (for his play "The Rimers of Eldrich") [winner]
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