A. R. Gurney wrote plays for nearly fifty years. Besides Love Letters, his more familiar ones are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, and Sylvia, and is known to Primary Stages audiences for the plays Black Tie, Buffalo Gal, The Fourth Wall, and Indian Blood. He taught literature at M.I.T. for many years before turning to writing full time. Besides plays, Gurney also wrote three novels, two opera librettos, and several efforts for TV. Most of his plays have been produced Off-Broadway by such theater organizations as Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center, and the Flea Theater. Gurney passed away June 14, 2017. He was a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as father of four children, grandfather of eight grandchildren, and husband of fifty-seven years to his wife, Molly.
Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of his career.
A.R. Gurney and Holland Taylor at the first reading of Love Letters
David Pittu and Sandy Duncan in Primary Stages production of The Fourth Wall
Jack Gilpin, Rebecca Luker, Charles Socarides, John McMartin, Pamela Payton-Wright, and Matthew Arkin in Primary Stages 2006 production of Indian Blood
Daniel Davis and Gregg Edelman in Primary Stages production of Black Tie
Jennifer Regan, James Waterston, and Susan Sullivan in Primary Stages production of Buffalo Gal
The cast of A.R. Gurney’s Sweet Sue
Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford in the 2015 Broadway production of Sylvia
Sarah Jessica Parker in the original production of Sylvia at Manhattan Theater Club in 1995
The Primary Stages production of Final Follies by A.R. Gurney runs through October 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!