RIP: Wendy Wasserstein

As has been widely reported, playwright Wendy Wasserstein has died.

Wasserstein’s writing was known for its sharp, often comedic look about what women had to do to succeed in a world dominated by men.

“She was an extraordinary human being whose work and whose life were extremely intertwined,” said Bishop, who produced most of her works, first at Playwrights Horizons and later at Lincoln Center Theater. “She was not unlike the heroines of most of her plays _ a strong-minded, independent, serious good person who happened to have a wicked sense of humor.”

Wasserstein found her greatest popular success with “The Heidi Chronicles,” which won the best-play Tony as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1989. Its insecure title character (played by Joan Allen) takes a 20-year journey beginning in the late 1960s and changes her attitudes about herself, men and other women. Equally popular was “The Sisters Rosensweig,” which moved from Lincoln Center to Broadway in 1993, and concerned three siblings who find strength in themselves and in each other.

Wasserstein was only fifty-five years old. She will be missed.

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