Where: PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2006
Cost: Seating is first-come, first-served, for a suggested $10 donation,
$5 suggested donation for students with ID, and PSU students are
Lanford Wilson, a master of realistic dialogue, has often been compared to Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, and even Anton Chekov in his ability to portray the humor and pathos of everyday life. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for Talley's Folly, part of a trilogy of plays centering on a family from Wilson's hometown in Missouri. Other honors include Obie awards for The Mound Builders, Hot L Baltimore, and Sympathetic Magic, two New York Drama Critics Circle awards, and three Tony nominations for Best Play.
In 1969, Wilson co-founded the Circle Repertory Theatre-better known as "Circle Rep"-in Greenwich Village with Marshall Mason, and many of his plays were written specifically with the Company's actors in mind, including Conchata Ferrell, Judd Hirsch, and Zane Lasky. (Other actors who started their careers at Circle Rep include Christopher Reeve, William Hurt, and Jeff Daniels.) Wilson's unique relationship with Circle Rep fostered a body work that has cemented his reputation as one of the nation's foremost dramatists.
Mr. Wilson is one of the few artists in our theatre who can truly make America sing.
--Frank Rich, The New York Times
Sponsored by Profile Theatre and Department of Theater Arts, PSU.