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Terrence McNally (Terrence McNally, unknown)

Terrence McNally

Playwright Terrence McNally was born in 1939 and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, listening to radio broadcasts of The Green Hornet and the Metropolitan Opera. McNally's love of the opera and especially of the famous diva Maria Callas would surface in his work, most notably in his Tony award-winning Master Class (1996). His love of music also inspired him to collaborate on several musicals, including The Rink (1984), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993), and Ragtime (1996).Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia in 1960 with a degree in English, McNally enjoyed a fellowship in Mexico where he wrote a play that earned the attention of the Actors Studio and got him a job as a stage manager, allowing him to acquire some practical theatre experience. In 1961, he enjoyed bonding with John Steinbeck and his family, on tour with them through Europe as the Steinbeck children's tutor.

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Watch playwright Terrence McNally discuss “Master Class”

Award-winning actress Tyne Daly stars as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony-winning Master Class, which depicts the diva reminiscing on the triumphs and tragedies of her life and career. Part of Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera.

Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (3)

A tale of operatic intrigue, Golden Age takes place backstage at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris on the evening of the premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani.

Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (2)

A tale of operatic intrigue, Golden Age takes place backstage at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris on the evening of the premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani.

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