author and playwright
clues: "Picnic" playwright; Sheba creator William; “Bus
Stop” writer; “Splendor in the Grass”
screenwriter; Playwright William
4 times a year
in English language:
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in the Grass trailer
is undetected plagiarism
~ William Ralph Inge
Motter Inge (May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973) was an American
author and playwright, whose works feature solitary protagonists
encumbered with strained sexual relations.
his small town settings, Inge earned the nickname "playwright
of the Midwest".
began as a drama critic at the St. Louis Star-Times in 1943. With
Tennessee Williams's encouragement, Inge wrote his first play,
Farther Off from Heaven (1947), which was staged at the Margo
Jones Theater, in Dallas, Texas. He wrote Come Back, Little Sheba
while a teacher at Washington University in St. Louis from 1946
to 1949. It ran on Broadway for 190 performances in 1950, winning
Tony Awards for Shirley Booth and Sidney Blackmer.
award-winning Picnic (1953) was based on women he had known as a
small child: "When I was a boy in Kansas, my mother had a
boarding house. There were three women school teachers living in
the house. I was four years old and they were nice to me. I liked
them. I saw their attempts, and, even as a child, I sensed every
woman’s failure. I began to sense the sorrow and the
emptiness in their lives, and it touched me."
had a successful Broadway run from 19 February 1953 to 10 April
1954, and brought Inge a Pulitzer Prize. He followed with Bus
Stop (1955) and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957). All
were adapted into major films. In 1961, he won an Academy Award
for Writing Original Screenplay for Splendor in the Grass.
committed suicide in Los Angeles, California, in 1973. He has a
star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
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