Naomi Wallace

Prospect, Kentucky, USA, 1960
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Biography

Naomi Wallace’s work has been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Her major plays include One Flea Spare, In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Short Visions of the Middle East and And I And Silence. In 2009 One Flea Spare was incorporated into the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater, La Comédie Francaise, and was subsequently produced by La Comédie in 2012. Only two American Playwrights have ever been added to La Comédie’s repertoire in 300 years; the other being Tennessee Williams.

Naomi Wallace has received the Horton Foote Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, and an Obie award in recognition of her work. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Her award-winning film Lawn Dogs is available on DVD. The War Boys, a film co-written with Bruce Mcleod, was released in 2010. Her newest film Flying Blind, also co-written with McLeod, was screened at the Palm Springs Festival in January, 2013. In 2014 and 2015, Wallace wrote new plays for the Public Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare festival and various French theaters, and was part of Residency One, New York City’s Signature Theater one-year Playwright-in-Residence program.

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