Scott McPherson

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Scott McPherson (October 13, 1959 Columbus, Ohio – November 7, 1992 Chicago) was an American playwright.[1]


He graduated from Ohio University.[2] In 1981, he moved to Chicago, where he acted in The Normal Heart, and The House of Blue Leaves. He joined the play writing group Chicago New Plays. His partner was activist and cartoonist Daniel Sotomayor.[3] He died of complications from AIDS on November 7, 1992, aged 33.[4]

Ohio University named a new theater space for him. The Goodman Theatre and the Victory Gardens Theater have established an annual playwriting award in his name.[5]


•Parents: Leo McPherson and Peggy Sansbury

•Siblings: Bret and Mark McPherson, Steve Sansbury, Hugh Sansbury, Susan MacDowell,Ellen Oatney and Cathy Hargett

•Nieces: Amy Brigner, Meghan Boyk and Anne McPherson



  • Til the Fat Lady Sings Ohio University
  • Scraped Organic Theatre 1986
  • Marvin's Room Goodman Theatre 1990



  1. ^ BRUCE LAMBERT (November 8, 1992). "Scott McPherson; Actor, 33, Author of a Hit Stage Play". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  3. ^ Smith, Sid (1992-11-08), "Chicago Playwright Scott Mcpherson, 33", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 2010-12-01 
  4. ^ Nelson, Emmanuel Sampath, ed. (2003). Contemporary gay American poets and playwrights: an A-to-Z guide. Westport, CT & London: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-32232-7. 
  5. ^ David Richards (January 5, 1997). A Door Left Ajar in 'Marvin's Room'. The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 

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