Terrence McNally Speaks in Dallas Tonight as Part of DGF's Traveling Masters Program
DGF's Traveling Masters Program brings prominent dramatists into communities across the country to provide insight into their craft and creative process. Terrence McNally's opera Great Scott, with music by Jake Heggie, will receive its world premiere at Dallas Opera on October 30, 2015.
Terrence McNally was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is the winner of Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his books for the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 2010 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera, a three-play festival of his work. His other plays include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, The Ritz, It's Only A Play, The Lisbon Traviata, Some Men, The Stendhal Syndrome, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, Bad Habits, Deuce, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, Unusual Acts of Devotion, Next, Sweet Eros, Witness and his first play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, which was produced on Broadway in 1964. He has written the librettos for the musicals The Full Monty, A Man of No Importance, The Rink and The Visit and the opera Dead Man Walking. He won an Emmy Award for Best Drama with his teleplay "Andre's Mother." He wrote the screenplays for Frankie and Johnny, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Ritz. Among his many awards are a Citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, four Drama Desk Awards, three Hull-Warriner Best Play Awards from the Dramatists Guild, two Obies, two Lortel Awards and two Guggenheim Fellowships.
The Traveling Masters program is a national outreach program that brings experienced dramatists into communities across the country to lead master classes, workshops, talkbacks and other public events. Traveling Masters have included Jason Robert Brown, Annie Baker, Pearl Cleage, Anne Washburn, Daniel Beaty, Lisa Kron, among others. Other Traveling Masters events this fall include Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk, The Wild Party, The Addams Family) and Melissa James Gibson (Placebo, What Rhymes With America, This).
The Traveling Masters Program is a national public education program in which the Dramatists Guild Fund partners with regional theaters and universities to provide writing workshops, master classes, and public symposia in the craft of writing for the theater. DGF brings prominent dramatists into communities across the country to create local programming that gives theater professionals, students, and the public first-hand experience with renowned artists.
For more information visit dgfund.org/programs.html#traveling_masters.