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Margaret Edson
(July 4, 1961 - living) U.S.A.

Margaret Edson

Teacher, playwright


Margaret Edson was born in Washington, D.C. She studied Renaissance history at Smith College. After graduating magna cum laude, her jobs included selling hot dogs on the street; waitressing at a hog farmer's bar; painting the walls of a contemplative French Dominican convent in Rome; scooping ice cream in Washington; working as a physical therapy aide, as a unit clerk on the cancer and AIDS inpatient unit of a major research hospital during the first clinical trials for AZT, as a policy intern at a philanthropy-issues lobbying organization.

Margaret EdsonAs a fund raiser for a community-based mental health organization where she wrote and designed the training manual Living with AIDS: Perspectives for Caregivers, and selling bikes in a bike shop.

In 1991-92 she attended Georgetown University on a full scholarship for a masters degree in English. She worked for six years in D.C. public schools teaching English as a second language followed by one year teaching first grade.

Wit, written in 1991, is her first play. Since its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in 1995 and subsequent successful off-Broadway runs, it has earned awards including the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, Dramatists Guild, Drama Desk of New York, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Fellowship of Southern Writers, Berilla Kerr Foundation, Susan Blackburn Prize (finalist) and Los Angeles Drama Critics.

In August 1998 she moved to Atlanta, where her partner, Linda Merrill, is the curator of American art at the High Museum. Margaret now teaches kindergarten in downtown Atlanta.


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