|Wilson wins a 2007 IT Award (Photo from Wikipedia)|
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."
There was joy, because the cops weren’t winning. The cops were barricaded inside, we were winning."
"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."