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.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Playwright, director, actor
Birth Details
April 12, 1952
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • 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
  • WRITINGS
  • 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

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 55, Gale, 1997
    • Contemporary Dramatists, St. James Press, 1999
    Periodicals
    • 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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