RIP Lanford Wilson (1937--2011)

News comes to us that this morning, the great American playwright Lanford Wilson has died. I'm still processing the news and having my inevitable flashbacks to his plays and my one chance to interview him (for the 2002 Edward Norton--Catherine Keener revival of Burn This). He's pictured above at that time, flanked by actors Dallas Roberts and Ty Burrell, who appeared in the production. In the meantime, here's a message from longtime Wilson director Marshall Mason, posted recently on Facebook:

To all friends and admirers of Lanford Wilson: Our great writer and my closest friend passed away this morning at 10:45. The doctors say it was a peaceful, painless end. I'm very happy that just a couple of days ago Jeff Daniels and Jon Hogan serenaded him in his hospital room, and that he had the pleasure of hearing his songs. Words cannot express the loss we all will feel, but we must be grateful for the bountiful beauty he bestowed upon us. His funeral will be in his beloved Sag Harbor, where he will be laid to rest Monday, March 28, only a two weeks before what would have been his 74th birthday.