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Encyclopedia > Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for 'Night, Mother, which received its world premiere at the A.R.T. in 1982. Her play Traveller in the Dark also premiered at the A.R.T. in 1984. Ms. Norman won the 1992 Tony Award and Drama Desk awards for The Secret Garden; and the John Gassner Medallion, Newsday Oppenheimer award, and the American Theatre Critics Association Citation for Getting Out. Other plays include Third and Oak, The Laundromat, The Poolhall, The Holdup, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Loving Daniel Boone, and Trudy Blue. Published work includes Four Plays and a novel, The Fortune Teller. Television and film credits include Face of a Stranger, starring Gena Rowlands and Tyne Daley. Grants and awards include National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; Ms. Norman also serves on the council of the Dramatists Guild. Ms. Norman was born in Louisville, Kentucky; received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College; and her M.A. from the University of Louisville. Since 1994 she has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

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  • Biography (http://www.amrep.org/people/norman.html)
  • IBDb page for Marsha Norman (http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=7556)

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Norman was born into a Christian fundamentalist household in Louisville, Kentucky.
Norman was, however, allowed to read, play the piano and visit the theatre where she viewed productions by the Actor's Theatre of Louisville.
Norman's success with Getting Out led her to move to New York City where she continued to write for the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and she produced a full length play, Circus Valentine in 1979.
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Norman's astute psychological perceptions of this mother/daughter relationship lead the playwright to ascribe to Thelma the thought that Jessie belongs to her, "I thought you were mine", shorthand for the belief she has the right to meddle, manipulate, possess, and control her.
Norman has revealed in recent interviews that she was mistakenly told she had lung cancer, though it turned out to be pneumonia.
Norman presents the case history of Arlene, a poor, uneducated young Southerner who's been sentenced to prison for her part in a robbery that led to murder.
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