Pulitzer-winning playwright Lanford Wilson dies aged 73

Renowned playwright Lanford Wilson, best known for works such as Burn This and Fifth of July, passed away at a long-term acute care facility after a long illness.

Wilson, considered one of the founders of the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement, died on the eve the Steppenwolf Theater of Chicago’s new staging of his 1973 play The Hot L Baltimore. “His tremendous spirit is with us in the theater and tonight’s show will be in his memory and honor,” said Tina Landau, director of the production.

His career as a playwright kicked of in the 1960s and during his lifetime he churned out an impressive 17 full-length plays and over 30 one-acts, picking up many an award along the way — his crowning moment of glory in 1980 when he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Talley’s Folly, part of a trilogy of plays about several generations of a Missouri family.

“Lanford was a singular voice in the American theater — an important artist, a gentle sould and a good friend. We will miss him sorely,” said Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney.

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