( b. circa 1921 - d. Feb 19, 2011 Westport, Connecticut ) Male
Max Wilk, a novelist, a nonfiction chronicler of show business subjects, playwright, screenwriter — and a dramaturg for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for more tham 25 years. At the O'Neill, Mr. Wilk helped both emerging and established playwrights develop their new works. Among the authors who benefited from his expertise were Pulitzer Prize winners August Wilson, David Lindsay-Abaire and John Patrick Shanley; Lee Blessing; OyamO; James Yoshimura; Jeffrey Hatcher; Wendy McLeod; Doug Wright; Willy Holtzman; Judy GeBauer; Charles Shulman; Sam Hunter; Ursula Rani Sarma; and Lucy Caldwell. Mr. Wilk graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 1941. Following his graduation, he toured with Irving Berlin's This is the Army and wrote training films in the First Motion Picture Unit AAF. He wrote three Broadway shows the revue Small Wonder in 1948-49, the play Cloud 7 in 1958 and the revue A Musical Jubilee in 1975-76. He also wrote the play Mr. Williams and Ms. Wood, about Tennessee Williams and literary agent Audrey Wood, which he adapted for the stage from his book "Represented by Audrey Wood," which he co-wrote with Wood. Mr. Wilk's other books include "They're Playing Our Song: The Truth Behind the Words and Music of Three Generations"; "OK! The Story of Oklahoma! : A Celebration of America's Most Beloved Musical"; and "The Golden Age of Television: Notes from the Survivors," among many others.