Beth Henley

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Beth Henley (Photo: Michael Childers)Beth Henley was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Her plays have been produced internationally and translated into over ten languages. Crimes of the Heart and The Wake of Jamey Foster were performed on Broadway.  Off-Broadway productions include: The Miss Firecracker Contest, Am I Blue, The Lucky Spot, The Debutante Ball, Abundance, Impossible Marriage, and Family Week.  Her play Ridiculous Fraud was produced at McCarter Theatre as well as South Coast Repertory Theatre. This year her most recent play The Jacksonian premiered at the Geffen Theatre to great acclaim.

Beth Henley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for Crimes of the Heart. Other awards include: American Theatre Wing 1998 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Playwrighting; Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist for Crimes of the Heart and Ridiculous Fraud; Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award 2000; New York Stage and Film Honoree, 2007; ATHE Career Achievement Award, 2010.

Ms. Henley has the honor of serving as Theatre Arts Presidential Professor at LMU, Los Angeles.

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