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William Gibson



Biography

William Gibson, a dramatist and playwright for stage, film, and television was born in the Bronx, New York. His writing career began in the sixth grade. By high school, he was beginning to receive awards for his work. Mr. Gibson began attending the City College of New York in 1930, but with his only interest being literature classes, he departed school in 1932. It was at this point that he determined hw would pursue a career in writing, for which he earned a reputation for dialogue portraying authentic emotion and humor.

Although he initially had to be supported by his wife before he began to achieve success in his career, nine of Mr. Gibson's works were produced as Broadway plays between Jan 1958 and Jan 2005, two of which received Tony Award nominations and one, the Miracle Worker, won a Tony. Miracle Worker, and his comedy-drama, Two for the Seesaw, are the works for which Mr. Gibson is most well known. Other William Gibson plays include Golda - his most recent production, The Butterfingers Angel and Monday After the Miracle. He is the author of the musical version of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy and A Mass for the Dead - a study of his family - in addition to a volume of poetry. Gibson was a co-founder of the Berkshire Theatre Festival and continues as a member of its emeritus advisory board.
William Gibson