Lanford Wilson Memorial Features Edward Albee, Jeff Daniels, William Hurt, Marshall Mason May 16

News   Lanford Wilson Memorial Features Edward Albee, Jeff Daniels, William Hurt, Marshall Mason May 16 Friends and colleagues will reflect on the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, who died March 24 after an illness, at a memorial tribute 1 PM May 16 at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre.

Lanford Wilson
Lanford Wilson

The event is open to the public and doors will open at 12:30 PM. Speakers scheduled include Edward Albee, Jeff Daniels, William Hurt, Swoosie Kurtz, Debra Monk, Judith Ivey, Lou Liberatore, Judd Hirsch and director Marshall W. Mason.

Wilson, 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, died from complications from pneumonia, in a long-term acute care hospital in Wayne, NJ, after a lengthy stay at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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.

Wilson's plays included Talley's Folly (Pulitzer Prize), The Hot L Baltimore, Fifth of July, Burn This, Balm in Gilead and more.

Read the Playbill.com obituary of Lanford Wilson.

Read what Wilson's friends and colleagues had to say about his life and work in a special Playbill.com feature, "Remembering Lanford Wilson."

Judd Hirsch and Trish Hawkins in <i>Talley's Folly</i> at Circle Rep.
Judd Hirsch and Trish Hawkins in Talley's Folly at Circle Rep. Photo by Gerry Goodstein
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