B'way vet worked on Edward Albee plays
Broadway stage manager and producer Mark Wright died Wednesday June 6 in Los Angeles of an incurable form of anemia. He was 77.
Wright often worked on the plays of Edward Albee. His first stage management job on Broadway was the original 1962 production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and he also stage managed “Tiny Alice,” “A Delicate Balance,” “The Lady From Dubuque” and “Malcolm,” all directed by Alan Schneider.
Other credits from Wright’s 40-year career were Joe Orton’s “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” “Noel Coward in Two Keys” and Mark Medoff’s “Children of a Lesser God.” Wright also stage managed Albee’s recent Off Broadway outings “The Play About the Baby” and “Beckett/Albee.”
Wright produced Harold Pinter’s “Birthday Party” on Broadway in 1967 as well as the Off Broadway preem of Lanford Wilson’s “Lemon Sky” in 1970.
The list of creatives with whom Wright worked includes Uta Hagen, John Gielgud, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Julie Harris, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep.
A native Midwesterner, Wright lived in Los Angeles for the last 20 years. He is survived by nieces and nephews.