Emily Mann Biography (1952-)

Full name, Emily Betsy Mann; born April 12, 1952, in Boston, MA; daughter ofArthur (a professor of history) and Sylvia B. (a remedial reading specialist;maiden name, Blut) Mann; married Gerry Bamman (an actor and playwright), August 12, 1981 (divorced); companion, Gary Mailman; children: Nicholas Isaac. Addresses: Office: McCarter Theatre, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544.; Agent: William Morris Agency, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Playwright, director, actor
Birth Details
April 12, 1952
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Director
  • Cold, Minneapolis, 1976
  • Ashes, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 1977, then CincinnatiPlayhouse, Cincinnati, OH, 1980
  • Annulla Allen: Autobiography of a Survivor, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1977, then New Theatre at Brooklyn
  • Surprise, Surprise, Minneapolis, 1978
  • On Mount Chimborazo, Minneapolis, 1978
  • Reunion, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, 1978
  • Dark Pony, Minneapolis, 1978
  • The Glass Menagerie, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, 1979
  • He and She, Brooklyn Academy of Music/Playhouse, New York City, 1980
  • Still Life: A Documentary, Goodman Stage Two, Chicago, IL, 1980, then American Place Theatre, New York City, 1981, also 1986 production.
  • Oedipus the King, Brooklyn Academy of Music/Lepercq Space, New York City, 1981
  • A Tantalizing, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1982
  • The Value of Names, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1982, then Hartford, CT, 1984
  • A Weekend near Madison, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1982, then Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Execution of Justice, Actors Theater of Louisville, 1984, then Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • A Doll's House, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1986
  • Hedda Gabler, La Jolla, CA, 1987
  • The Glass Menagerie, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1990
  • Betsey Brown (opera), McCarter Theatre, 1990
  • Three Sisters, McCarter Theatre, 1991
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, McCarter Theatre, 1991
  • Miss Julie, McCarter Theatre, 1993
  • Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1993
  • The Perfectionist, McCarter Theatre, 1993
  • The Matchmaker, 1994
  • Having Our Say (also known as Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years), McCarter Theatre, then Booth Theatre, New York City,both 1995
  • Greensboro: A Requiem, McCarter Theatre, 1996
  • The Mai, McCarter Theatre, 1997
  • Betrayal, McCarter Theatre, 1997
  • House of Bernarda Alba, 1997
  • Safe as Houses, McCarter Theatre, 1998
  • Meshugah, McCarter Theatre, 1998
  • The Cherry Orchard, McCarter Theatre, 2000
  • Romeo and Juliet, McCarter Theatre, 2001
  • All Over, McCarter Theatre, 2002
  • Also directed Dwarfman; Hello and Goodbye; Master of a Million Shapes; and Through the Leaves.
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Beth, Saigon: Year of the Cat, 1983
  • Stage Plays
  • Annulla Allen: Autobiography of a Survivor (one-act play), produced at Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1977, revised version producedas Annulla: An Autobiography, St. Louis Repertory Theater, St. Louis,MO, 1985, then New Theater of Brooklyn, New York City, 1988; published by Theatre Communications Group, 1985
  • Still Life: A Documentary, produced at Goodman Stage Two, Chicago,IL, 1980, then American Place Theatre, New York City, 1981; published by Theatre Communications Group (New York City), 1979
  • Nights and Days (translation and adaptation of a play by Pierre Laville), published in Avant-Scene, 1984
  • Execution of Justice, produced at Actors Theater of Louisville, 1984, then Virginia Theatre, 1986; published by Samuel French (New York City),1986
  • (With Ntozake Shange) Betsey Brown (opera; based on a novel by Shange), music by Baikida Carroll, lyrics by Shange, Mann, and Carroll, AmericanMusic Theater Festival, Philadelphia, PA, 1989
  • Adapter, Miss Julie, produced at McCarter Theatre, 1993
  • Having Our Say (also known as Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years; based on the autobiography by Sarah L. Delany and A.Elizabeth Delany), produced at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, then Booth Theatre, New York City, both 1995
  • Greensboro: A Requiem, produced at McCarter Theatre, 1996
  • Testimonies: Four Plays (anthology), published by Theatre Communications Group, 1997
  • The House of Bernarda Alba: A Drama about Women in Villages of Spain, produced 1997; published by Dramatists Play Service, 1999
  • Meshugah (based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer), produced at McCarter Theatre, 1998
  • Screenplays
  • Naked: One Couple's Intimate Journey through Infertility (based ona book by Jo Giese Brown), 1985
  • Fanny Kelly, 1985
  • Also wrote The Greensboro Massacre.
  • Television Movies
  • Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (also known asHaving Our Say), CBS, 1999
  • (Play) Execution of Justice, Showtime, 1999
  • Television Specials
  • "You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock: The Story of Winnie Mandela," NBC Theatre, NBC, 1990
  • Other
  • Contributor to anthologies, including Coming to Terms: American Playsand the Vietnam War, edited by James Reston, Jr., Theatre CommunicationsGroup, 1985; Plays USA, Theatre Communications Group, 1986; New Playwrights 3, edited by James Leverett and Elizabeth Osborn, 1986; The Ten Best Plays of 1986, 1986; and Out Front. Contributor to periodicals, including American Theatre.

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 55, Gale, 1997
    • Contemporary Dramatists, St. James Press, 1999
    • American Theatre, February, 1996, p. 44
    • Back Stage, May 23, 1997, p. 3
    • Insight on the News, December 9, 1996, p. 36
    • New Republic, May 15, 2000, p. 32

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