Lanford Wilson


Lanford Wilson’s early years were about finding a home and family. He was born in Lebanon, Missouri, moved with his mother to Springfield when his father left, then moved to Ozark, Missouri, when she remarried. After graduation he sought out his father in San Diego, California, a disastrous experience later chronicled in a play. From there he moved to Chicago where he discovered a talent for writing dialogue and realized he wanted to be a playwright. That led him to New York City where he found a home and family in the nascent off-Broadway Movement. A founding member of the Circle Repertory Company in New York, he saw many of his plays produced in theaters all over the United States and abroad. Burn This was commissioned by the Circle Repertory Company and first appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with a cast that included Joan Allen and John Malkovich. On March 24, 2011, Wilson died, at age 73.