10.16.04 | Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally's most recent play, DEDICATION OR THE STUFF OF DREAMS, was performed this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It will open in New York in June at Primary Stages, which produced his play THE STENDHAL SYNDROME at their new home, the 59E59 Theatre, in January with Richard Thomas and Isabella Rossellini. Mr. McNally was most recently represented on Broadway with the revival of his play FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE and the book for the musical THE FULL MONTY with a score by David Yazbek. For Lincoln Center Theatre he collaborated on the musical A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE with Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.
Mr. McNally won the Tony in 1996 for his play MASTER CLASS in which Zoe Caldwell created the role of Maria Callas; the 1995 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play for LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!; and the 1993 Tony for his book of the musical KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN (music and lyrics by ander and Ebb). He won his fourth Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for RAGTIME (music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens).
He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970. Last summer, as Grand Marshal of the NYC Pride Parade he rode down New York's Fifth Avenue with his partner, public interest attorney Tom Kirdahy. This year he was honored with the Helen Hayes Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. and a similar citation from the South Florida Human Rights Campaign. Mr. McNally is looking forward to spending the rest of his life with his wonderful collaborators and his extraordinary partner. They were married in Vermont on December 20, 2004.