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Scott McPherson
(October 13, 1959 - November 7, 1992) U.S.A.

Scott McPherson

Playwright, actor

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Scott McPherson was born in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University. He was regarded as one of Chicago's most vital artistic and creative forces. In 1981, he moved to Chicago, where he acted in The Normal Heart , and The House of Blue Leaves . He joined the play writing group Chicago New Plays. His partner was activist and cartoonist Daniel Sotomayor.

In November 1991, he wrote Marvin's Room , that later he adapted for a film of the same title. It premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. The play is based upon his experiences with AIDS in his family and with his lover Daniel Sotomayor. The play received the Drama Desk Award, the Oppenheimer Award, the Obie Drama Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. It was later made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, and Hume Cronyn.

McPherson was one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive American artists. He died in Chicago of complications from AIDS, aged 33. In spite of variable and increasingly failing health, and the illness and death of his lover, political cartoonist Daniel Sotomayor, McPherson continued writing until shortly before his death.

Ohio University named a new theater space for him. The Goodman Theatre and the Victory Gardens Theater have established an annual playwriting award in his name.

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Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://www.whiting.org/

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