Selected Works: A Memoir in Plays

Selected Works: A Memoir in Plays

by Terrence McNally


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“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802123572
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 500,723
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

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

Acknowledgments 659

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