Scott McPherson

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Scott McPherson
Born(1959-10-13)October 13, 1959
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
DiedNovember 7, 1992(1992-11-07) (aged 33)
Alma materOhio University

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 House of Blue Leaves and "The Normal Heart," where he met actor and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Steven Drukman with whom he lived for three years. He joined the play writing group Chicago New Plays. His partner at the time of his death 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]


The son of Leo McPherson and Peggy Sansbury, he had the following siblings: Bret and Mark McPherson, Steve Sansbury, Hugh Sansbury, Susan MacDowell, Ellen Oatney and Cathy Hargett.[citation needed]



  • 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. ^ "Scott McPherson". Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  3. ^ Smith, Sid (November 8, 1992). "Chicago Playwright Scott Mcpherson, 33". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  4. ^ Nelson, Emmanuel Sampath, ed. (2003). Contemporary gay American poets and playwrights: an A-to-Z guide. London: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-32232-7.
  5. ^ Richards, David (January 5, 1997). "A Door Left Ajar in 'Marvin's Room'". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on October 17, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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