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Marshall Mason

Angels in Performance: Documenting LGBTQ Lives in Theatre and Performance

April 25, 2013

Marshall W. Mason was the Founding Artistic Director of the legendary Circle Repertory Company, acclaimed by The New York Times as “the chief provider of new American plays.” His 44-year collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson has been certified by Playbill as the longest collaboration between a writer and director in the history of the American theater.

Mr. Mason directed 12 plays on Broadway that earned him five Tony nominations for best director, including Fifth of July and Angels Fall by Lanford Wilson. Four productions received Tony Awards, and there were 24 nominations. Off-Broadway, Mr. Mason has been honored with five Obie Awards for Outstanding Director (The HOT L BALTIMORE, Tennessee Williams´ Battle of Angels, The Mound Builders, Serenading Louie and Knock Knock), as well as a sixth Obie for sustained achievement. Among his many memorable productions are Edward J. Moore’s The Sea Horse (Vernon Rice Award for best play), William Mastrosimone’s Sunshine, Romulus Linney’s Childe Byron, Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me (Lortel Award for best play), Robert Patrick’s The Haunted Host, David Storey’s The Farm and Lanford Wilson’s first full-length play Balm in Gilead and one of his last, Book of Days (American Critics’ Association Award for best play).

He is the author of Creating Life on Stage: A Director’s Approach to Working with Actors (Heinemann Press, 2006) and is currently writing The Transcendent Years: Founding Circle Rep. professor emeritus of Arizona State University, Mr. Mason now divides his time between Mazatlán, México, and New York City.