Magic Time by Edwin Wilson
Author, teacher, critic, Ed Wilson began his career in theatre as Assistant to the Producer of a Broadway play directed by John Gielgud and the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook. He directed a season at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and produced plays off-Broadway and co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You directed by George Abbott. He also produced the film The Nashville Sound, segments of which were acquired by Ken Burns for his documentary on country music.
Educated at Vanderbilt, the University of Edinburgh and Yale, he received the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by Yale. From 1972 to 1995 he was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal and for forty years taught at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. For nearly half a century he has been the pre-eminent author of college theatre textbooks in the U.S and his three volumes (two co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb) have appeared in 31 editions and sold well over half a million copies.
His previous activities also included serving as President of the New York Drama Critics Circle, Chairman of the Board of the Theatre Development Fund and Chairman of several Pulitzer Prize juries. He served as well as a long-time board member of the John Golden Fund and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he conducted 90 half-hour interviews with virtually every important theatre figure of the late 20th century from George Abbott to Jerry Zaks. Called Spotlight, the series appeared on CUNY-TV in New York and on more than 200 PBS stations nationwide and can be seen today on YouTube.
Magic Time will the be published by Smith and Kraus in the spring of 2020