Award-winning playwright Lanford Wilson dies
Friday 25 March 2011
Playwright Lanford Wilson, whose "Talley's Folly" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1980, died on Thursday, his close friend Marshall Mason told AFP on Thursday.
Wilson, a founding member of the Circle Repertory Company in New York in the late 1960s, died of complications from pneumonia at the Kindred Hospital in Wayne, New Jersey. He was 73.
"He was frequently referred to as the American Chekhov," Mason said of comparisons to Russian writer and playwright Anton Chekhov.
"I think that was fitting. He wrote in a very complex and deep human way that made his characters unforgettable," Mason, who was Wilson's longtime collaborator, told AFP in a phone interview.
His other plays include "Fifth of July," "Hot L Baltimore," and "Burn This."
Wilson, who was openly gay, included themes of gay identity in his works, although "Talley's Folly" was a one-act play about a heterosexual couple.
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