Playwright Wendy Wasserstein Dead at 55

wwass.jpgBroadway lost another great today as New York playwright Wendy Wasserstein died of lymphoma at age 55. In 1989, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her play The Heidi Chronicles, which also took the Tony and the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play. Wasserstein wrote comedies, though she believed her exploration of feminism via her plays and essays was political. Ever the lone she-wolf, Wasserstein gave birth to a daughter in 1999 and never revealed the father’s identity.

She is survived by her mother, daughter, and two siblings, including New York owner Bruce Wasserstein.

Wendy Wasserstein, Chronicler of Women’s Identity Crises, Dies [NYT]