Terrence McNally was a man known by many for his groundbreaking pieces of theatre. Considered to be “the bard of American theatre” and “one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater world has yet produced,” he was renowned for tackling difficult and confronting issues in his writing. Most, if not all of his work focused around the need for human connection, and discussed the divide between race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.
McNally’s work was critically acclaimed, earning him 5 Tony Awards including a Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (2019), 3 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, an Emmy, and a Pulitzer Prize, to name a few.
His plays include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, and Deuce. He wrote the books for musicals such as Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Ragtime, Catch Me If You Can, and Anastasia.
McNally had previously battled lung cancer, and passed away this morning from Coronavirus-related complications.
Vale Terrence, and may you live on through your incredible work.