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Emily Mann, Playwright
Emily Mann, Playwright

EMILY MANN (Playwright) Multi-award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann is in her 20th season as artistic director of McCarter Theatre, where she has overseen over 90 productions. Her McCarter directing credits include the world premieres of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon (also at Playwrights Horizon), Theresa Rebeck’s The Bells, Joyce Carol Oates' The Perfectionist, Steven Dietz’s Last of the Boys and Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (also at the Mark Taper Forum); Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics (also on Broadway with Jimmy Smits, 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner and two Tony Award nominations); Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (also adapted) with Amanda Plummer; Edward Albee's All Over with Rosemary Harris and Michael Learned (also at Roundabout Theater Company, Obie Awards for her direction and for Ms. Harris' performance); The Tempest with Blair Brown; Romeo and Juliet with Sarah Drew and Jeffrey Carlson; The Cherry Orchard (also adapted) with Jane Alexander, John Glover and Avery Brooks; I.B. Singer's Meshugah (adaptor and director) with Elizabeth Marvel; the American premiere of The Mai by Marina Carr; Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba with Helen Carey; Strindberg's Miss Julie (also adapted) with Kim Cattrall, Donna Murphy and Peter Francis James; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Pat Hingle and JoBeth Williams; Chekhov's Three Sisters with Frances McDormand, Linda Hunt and Mary Stuart Masterson; Betsey Brown (co-author with Baikida Carroll and Ntozake Shange) and The Glass Menagerie with Shirley Knight, Dylan McDermott and Judy Kuhn. She is also the author of Greensboro (A Requiem); author and director of Execution of Justice at The Guthrie Theatre and on Broadway (winner of the HBO New Plays USA Award, Helen Hayes Award, Bay Area Critics Circle Award and nominated for a Drama Desk Award); Still Life (six Obie Awards, including playwriting, direction and production of the season) and Annulla, An Autobiography. Ms. Mann wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth at the McCarter and on Broadway. The play received three Tony nominations, including Best Play and Best Direction, a Drama Desk Award nomination,a Jeff Award, a NAACP Award, and for the television adaptation’s screenplay, Peabody and Christopher Awards. A winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its council. In 2002, she received an honorary doctorate of arts from Princeton University.