Every Act of Life, the new documentary about Tony Award–winning playwright Terrence McNally that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival April 23, will be published in printed form this fall.
Productions In Print plans to publish the screenplay to the documentary in October. The illustrated screenplay will include additional stories and interviews that were not seen in the film, as well as rare photos and archival materials.
Written and directed by Jeff Kaufman, Every Act of Life chronicles McNally’s career with interviews from his many collaborators, including Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Broderick, Tyne Daly, F. Murray Abraham, Angela Lansbury, Edie Falco, John Kander, Christine Baranski, Marin Mazzie, Joe Mantello, Doris Roberts, John Benjamin Hickey, Richard Thomas, Roberta Kaplan, Jack O’Brien, Edie Windsor, Paul Libin, Lynne Meadow, John Tillinger, Don Roos, John Glover, Anthony Heald, Jon Robin Baitz, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty.
The movie also looks into McNally’s fight for LGBTQ rights, his battle with addiction, and “the pursuit of love and inspiration at every age.”
“Terrence has broken down so many barriers, launched so many careers, and written so many amazing plays and musicals, that you can’t get it all in one film. Whether or not people have seen the documentary, I think they’ll enjoy exploring Terrence’s remarkable life, and 60 years of theatre history, in this book,” Kaufman said in a statement.
McNally earned Tony Awards for his plays Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! as well as the books to the musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. His works also include The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Deuce, Some Men, Corpus Christi, Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams, The Lisbon Traviata, The Rink, A Man of No Importance, Catch Me If You Can, It's Only a Play, The Visit, and The Full Monty.