Very sad news from yesterday — that playwright Lanford Wilson died of pneumonia at the age of 73.
Some of my favorites of Wilson’s plays were not among his biggest hits (Redwood Curtain comes to mind) and, as you won’t read in the New York Times obituary, he had a long and varied career in regional theaters outside New York City. His play Book of Days won the American Theatre Critics Association’s top new-play prize in 1999, after a first production at the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Mich.; I was the lucky person who got to call Wilson on the phone and tell him he’d won. (He was brushing his teeth at the time.)
Here’s Chris Jones’ obituary from the Chicago Tribune.