Playwright Margaret Edson


“MARGARET EDSON is the Harper Lee of playwrights. She has had just one play produced — ‘Wit,’ which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and has been revived on Broadway in a Manhattan Theater Club production starring Cynthia Nixon — and having said what she had to say, she doesn’t feel any need to try playwriting again. She occupies herself these days with projects like learning the piano and setting the multiplication table to opera choruses. She reads Dante in Italian, a canto or so every day, and once made a scale model of Paradise with the Sun-Maid raisin lady holding a basket of souls.” [. . .]    –Charles McGrath, The New York Times, February 16, 2012

Jozef Szajna, “Dante” (1974)

jozef-szajna-dante-1974“Among his other plays are “Rejoinder,” “Reminiscence” and “Dante,” the latter based on the journey through the realms of the dead in the 14th-century Divine Comedy but laced with Mr. Szajna’s depictions of 20th-century hellishness.”    –Dennis Hevesi, The New York Times, June 30, 2008