Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Margaret Edson Visits GMercyU

October 9, 2015
Posted by
Alyssa Onisick

Gwynedd Mercy University welcomed playwright Margaret Edson to Main Campus for a series of events on Friday, October 9. Edson won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in the Drama category for her play Wit, which was later turned into a movie starring Emma Thompson.

All of Edson's  events were open to the entire GMercyU community and public. 

  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Word Streams: Speaking and Listening in the Clinical Setting. (Lecture for nursing and health professions students and faculty, but open to all.
  • 2 -4 p.m.: The Map of Speech: Writing for Performance (Lecture)
  • 7-9 p.m.: Wit film showing, followed by Q&A and book signing 

Edson was born in Washington, D.C on July 4, 1961. She majored in Renaissance history and graduated magna cum laude in 1983 from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., then returned to graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1991. She received her M.A. in English literature from Georgetown in 1992. 

She wrote the first draft of Wit in 1991 while working at a bicycle store, and it wasn’t until 1995 that the play was accepted by the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. The play was produced in New Haven, Conn.; Lenox, Mass.; New York Off- Off- Broadway; Winnepeg, Manitoba; and New York Off-Broadway. It was also turned into a movie starring Emma Thompson.