“Terrence McNally is one of our most original and audacious dramatists, and one of our funniest.” New Yorker
Since his first play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night , which premiered in 1965, McNally has proven himself to be a trailblazing figure and unique voice in American theater, known for his exploration of gay themes and his chronicling of America’s changing social attitudes over the past fifty years. His thirty-three plays, nine musicals, three operas, and seven scripts for film and television, are a testament to his astonishing commitment to writing. In Selected Plays , for the very first time, McNally collects a set of eight plays that he considers the most important of his oeuvre, including the Tony-nominated Mothers and Sons and the critically acclaimed And Away We Go , neither of which have been previously published. Introducing each play with a personal essay that recounts an anecdote or discusses an aspect of the play that proceeds it, McNally himself frames his own life in the theater. Selected Plays is a landmark publication, a memoir in plays from one of America’s most highly regarded and best-loved playwrights.
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About the Author
Terrence McNally, the winner of four Tony Awards, is the author of such critically acclaimed plays as Love! Valor! Compassion! ; Master Class ; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; and The Lisbon Traviata. He has also written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. McNally has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play, on two occasions, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York.
Table of Contents
At Rise ix
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune 1
The Lisbon Traviata 75
Lips Together, Teeth Apart 169
A Perfect Ganesh 267
Love! Valour! Compassion! 359
Master Class 467
And Away We Go 521
Mothers and Sons 601