"When the lights go down and the curtain goes up, how can you not get a rush? I mean, you'd not be human."
Terrence McNally (1939– )
Columbia College 1960
One of America's leading contemporary dramatists, the playwright Terrence McNally is praised for addressing both specific issues like homophobia and AIDS and universal emotions like "the difficulty in connecting and the need for love in relationships," in the words of one newspaper. The latter is exemplified by one of McNally's best-known works, Frankie and Johnnie at the Claire de Lune, which was initially staged in 1987, adapted by McNally himself for a 1991 film version, and revived to great acclaim in 2002.