Sunday, 8 May 2011


Wilson wins a 2007 IT Award (Photo from Wikipedia)

Renowned award-winning American playwright and gay political activist Doric Wilson - he was at Stonewall, and was last seen in the amazing doc Stonewall Uprising that aired on PBS on April 25 - passed away on May 7. He was 71. Wilson was one of the first playwrights at NYC's legendary Caffe Cino where his comedy And He Made A Her debuted in 1961.

Playbill reports, "Only two years in New York, and not wanting people to think the work was his first produced play, [Wilson] attended performances in three-piece suits with a trench coat tossed over his shoulders. "I also drank brandy and soda," he recalled."

In the documentary film Stonewall Uprising, Wilson says about the famed riots that kickstarted the modern-day gay civil rights movement, "There was joy, because the cops weren’t winning. The cops were barricaded inside, we were winning."

In 1974, just five years after the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, "Wilson (with Billy Blackwell, Peter del Valle and John McSpadden) formed TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence), the first professional theatre company to deal openly and honestly with the gay experience," Wilson's website explains. "The company featured new plays and revivals by such writers as Brendan Behan, Noël Coward, Christopher Hampton, Charles Jurrist, Joe Orton, Terrence McNally, Robert Patrick, Sandra Scoppettone, Martin Sherman and Lanford Wilson.... Wilson's plays from the late 1970s: The West Street Gang (1977); A Perfect Relationship (1978); Forever After (1980); and Street Theater (1982) [also] quickly became staples of the emerging Gay Theater circuit." 

Wilson passed away in NYC on May 7. 

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  1. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    On this page of interviews with early Off-Off Broadway figures,
    you will find at item [FOURTEEN] a two-part 2011 interview with DORIC WILSON by WILLIAM M. HOFFMAN