Lanford Wilson, playwright was 73

The Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist "rose to fame for his plays that explored such themes as contemporary gay identity, youthful angst and modern anomie," Culture Monster says. A revival of "Burn This," his 1986 ensemble drama "about a group of young friends who grapple with their collective grief following the death of an associate," opens April 3 at the Mark Taper Forum. Wilson died Thursday morning in Wayne, N.J. Marshall W. Mason, a longtime collaborator at New York's Circle Repertory Company, announced Wilson's death and described it as “a peaceful, painless end,” the result of complications from pneumonia, the Chicago Tribune says.

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