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Marsha Norman

Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist


Marsha Norman: Writing for the Theater: A Survival Guide!

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Marsha Norman, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, has earned awards for her plays over the past three decades. She won the PUlitzer in 1983 for 'night Mother, a Tony in 1991 for The Secret Garden, and authored the libretto for The Color Purple. Her credits also include many film and television projects.

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Marsha Norman is the winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play ’night, Mother. In l991, she won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for the book and lyrics of the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. She also wrote the libretto for the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, in 2005. Her other plays include Getting Out (for which she won the John Gassner Medallion and the American Theater Critics Association Citation), Third And Oak, The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, The Holdup, Traveler In the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Loving Daniel Boone, Trudy Blue, and Last Dance.

Norman’s television and film credits include ’night, Mother, starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft; The Laundromat, starring Carol Burnett and Amy Madigan; The Pool Hall, starring James Earl Jones; Face of a Stranger starring Gena Rowlands and Tyne Daley; Cooler Climate, starring Sally Field and Judy Davis; Custody of the Heart, starring Audrey Hepburn; and most recently, Samantha, An American Girl. She spent last year as co-executive producer of Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Norman’s other published work includes Four Plays: Collected Works of Marsha Norman, Vol. 1, and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has Grammy and Emmy nominations as well as grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has won the Margo Jones Award and the Sidney Kingsley Award. Norman is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers, and co-chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of The Juilliard School. She is a member of the board of trustees of Agnes Scott College, and vice-president of the Dramatists Guild of America.