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I AM THEATRE: Emily Mann

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Published on Jun 22, 2012

Emily Mann (Artistic Director & Resident Playwright, McCarter Theatre Center) Multi-award winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann is in her 21st season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre. Under Emily's leadership, McCarter was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Directing credits include this season's world premiere of Sarah Treem's THE HOW AND THE WHY with Mercedes Ruehl and Bess Rous; Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize-winning ANNA IN THE TROPICS with Jimmy Smits (also on Broadway); the world premiere of Christopher Durang's MISS WITHERSPOON with Kristine Nielsen (also at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway); UNCLE VANYA with Amanda Plummer (also adapted); ALL OVER with Rosemary Harris and Michael Learned (also off-Broadway at The Roundabout; 2003 Obie Award for Directing); THE CHERRY ORCHARD with Jane Alexander, John Glover, and Avery Brooks (also adapted); THREE SISTERS with Frances McDormand, Linda Hunt, and Mary Stuart Masterson; A DOLL HOUSE with Cynthia Nixon; and THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Shirley Knight. Her plays include EXECUTION OF JUSTICE (supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship; winner of Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson awards; nominated for Drama Desk, Pulitzer and Outer Circle awards); STILL LIFE (six Obie Awards); GREENSBORO (A REQUIEM); and ANNULLA, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Emily wrote and directed HAVING OUR SAY, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; winner of NAACP and Joseph Jefferson awards ). For the HAVING OUR SAY screenplay Emily won Peabody and Christopher Awards) A winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its Council. A collection of her plays, Testimonies: Four Plays, has been published by Theatre Communications Group, Inc. Her latest play, MRS. PACKARD, was the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and was published by TCG in spring 2009. Most recently, Emily directed her latest adaptation, A SEAGULL IN THE HAMPTONS, a free adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, with Brian Murray and Maria Tucci; MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION, with Suzanne Bertish; and the world premiere of Edward Albee's ME, MYSELF & I (with Tyne Daly and Brian Murray at McCarter Theatre and with Elizabeth Ashley at Playwrights Horizons in New York). She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University.

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