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Award-Winning Playwright Lanford Wilson Dies

April 22, 1980: Playwright Lanford Wilson stands outside of the Circle Repertory Theater where rehearsals are in progress for his new play "The War In Lebanon" in New York.

April 22, 1980: Playwright Lanford Wilson stands outside of the Circle Repertory Theater where rehearsals are in progress for his new play "The War In Lebanon" in New York.  (AP)

Lanford Wilson, the Tony Award and Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright of such plays as "The Hot L Baltimore," "Burn This," "Fifth of July" and "Talley's Folly," has died. He was 73.

The Steppenwolf Theatre said Thursday that Wilson died Wednesday at his home in Sag Harbor, N.Y. The playwright died on the eve of the Chicago company's first preview production of a staging of his "Hot L Baltimore."

Wilson was one of four founders of The Circle Repertory Company in New York and won the Pulitzer for drama in 1980 for "Talley's Folly," the second in a trilogy of plays that follows the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri.