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Terrence McNally
Librettist

Biography
Terrence McNally was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is the winner of Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, as well as his books for the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. In 2010 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera, a three-play festival of his work. His other plays include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Corpus Christi; A Perfect Ganesh; The Ritz; It’s Only a Play; Some Men; Golden Age; Deuce; The Lisbon Traviata; Bad Habits; The Stendhal Syndrome; Dedication, or The Stuff of Dreams; Next; Unusual Acts of Devotion; Sweet Eros; Witness; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? and his first play …And Things that Go Bump in the Night. Mr. McNally has written the books for the musicals The Full Monty, A Man of No Importance, The Visit and The Rink. He won an Emmy Award for “Best Drama” with his teleplay Andre’s Mother. He wrote the screenplays for Frankie and Johnny, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Ritz. He wrote the libretto for the opera Dead Man Walking with music by Jake Heggie. Among his many awards are a Citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, four Drama Desk Awards, three Hull-Warringer “Best Play” awards from the Dramatists Guild, two Obies, two Lortel Awards and two Guggenheim Fellowships. Mr. McNally has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1965 and served as the organization’s Vice-President (1985-2001). He lives in Manhattan with his spouse, Tom Kirdahy.

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2017
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2013
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2012
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2011
The Next Stage2001
The Next Stage1999


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Opera IdahoDead Man Walking4/22/2022 - 4/24/2022
Piedmont OperaRagtime3/18/2022 - 3/22/2022
Festival OperaAt the Statue of Venus8/13/2021 - 8/15/2021
Lyric Opera of ChicagoDead Man Walking11/2/2019 - 11/22/2019
OperaDelawareDead Man Walking4/27/2019 - 5/4/2018
Atlanta OperaDead Man Walking2/2/2019 - 2/10/2019
Tri-Cities OperaMaster Class2/17/2018 - 2/25/2018
Opera ParallèleAt the Statue of Venus2/14/2018 - 2/18/2018
Minnesota OperaDead Man Walking1/27/2018 - 2/3/2018
Kentucky OperaDead Man Walking10/27/2017 - 10/29/2017
Opera on the AvalonDead Man Walking6/16/2017 - 6/17/2017
Vancouver OperaDead Man Walking4/29/2017 - 5/7/2017
Pensacola OperaDead Man Walking3/17/2017 - 3/19/2017
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityDead Man Walking3/4/2017 - 3/12/2017
Washington National OperaDead Man Walking2/25/2017 - 3/11/2017
Fresno Grand OperaDead Man Walking5/7/2016 - 5/7/2016
San Diego Opera AssociationGreat Scott5/7/2016 - 5/15/2016
Opera ModestoDead Man Walking4/29/2016 - 5/1/2016
New Orleans Opera AssociationDead Man Walking3/4/2016 - 4/23/2016
Dallas OperaGreat Scott10/30/2015 - 11/15/2015
Dayton OperaDead Man Walking2/27/2015 - 3/1/2015
Opera ParallèleDead Man Walking2/20/2015 - 3/8/2015
Central City OperaDead Man Walking7/7/2014 - 7/25/2014
Des Moines Metro OperaDead Man Walking6/6/2014 - 7/19/2014
Madison OperaDead Man Walking4/4/2014 - 4/27/2014
Eugene OperaDead Man Walking5/15/2013 - 5/17/2013
Opéra de MontréalDead Man Walking3/3/2013 - 3/16/2013
Tulsa OperaDead Man Walking3/4/2012 - 3/4/2012
Houston Grand OperaDead Man Walking1/1/2011 - 2/6/2011
Fort Worth OperaDead Man Walking5/5/2009 - 5/10/2009
New York City OperaRagtime4/4/2008 - 4/19/2008
Baltimore Opera CompanyDead Man Walking3/1/2006 - 3/19/2006
Calgary Opera AssociationDead Man Walking1/1/2006 - 2/1/2006
Pittsburgh OperaDead Man Walking6/1/2004 - 6/13/2004
Opera ModestoRagtime2/1/2004 - 2/22/2004
State Opera of South AustraliaDead Man Walking8/8/2003 - 8/26/2003
Michigan Opera TheatreDead Man Walking6/6/2003 - 6/15/2003
Austin OperaDead Man Walking1/1/2003 - 1/18/2003
New York City OperaDead Man Walking9/9/2002 - 9/28/2002
Cincinnati OperaDead Man Walking7/7/2002 - 7/19/2002
Opera PacificDead Man Walking4/4/2002 - 4/21/2002
San Francisco OperaDead Man Walking10/10/2000 - 10/27/2000
New York City OperaCentral Park11/11/1999 - 11/20/1999
New York City OperaThe Food of Love11/11/1999 - 11/20/1999
Glimmerglass FestivalCentral Park7/7/1999 - 8/21/1999
Glimmerglass FestivalThe Food of Love7/7/1999 - 8/21/1999


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