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re: Terrence (correct spelling) McNally has died from covid at age 81
Last Edit: WaymanWong 04:40 pm EDT 03/24/20
Posted by: WaymanWong 04:37 pm EDT 03/24/20
In reply to: re: Terrence (correct spelling) McNally has died from covid at age 81 - KingSpeed 04:07 pm EDT 03/24/20

Terrific! I also love much of McNally's work, especially ''The Lisbon Traviata'' and ''Master Class,'' which I saw many times.

Here's my McNally story: Back in 1987, I had gotten a reading of my first play, ''Whiskey Chicken,'' in New York City. Somehow I was so naive and had the chutzpah to send a copy of it to McNally, and I griped about my director in my note. He sent me back a postcard: ''I enjoyed reading your play. I hope all your experiences with directors haven't been that horrendous. I'm about to go into rehearsal at MTC and feeling extra-anxious. Good luck!''

A few years later, ''Whiskey Chicken'' got a full production from the Asian American Theatre Company in San Francisco.

By then, I had moved to the Big Apple and seen ''The Lisbon Traviata,'' so I wrote him with an update.

McNally sent me a typewritten note: ''It was so nice of you to write telling me how much you enjoyed ''The Lisbon Traviata.'' Congratulations to you on the success of your play. The reviews were terrific. I can assure you from my own experience that getting a play produced is never easy. All I can tell you is to keep up the writing and never to lose the faith. ... And I do remember sending you a postcard. Thanks again and welcome to New York.''
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