And you thought playwright Terrence McNally was in town merely to have three of his plays produced at the Kennedy Center? Hah! He also met with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for lunch…and with Representative Barney Frank and Speaker Nancy Pelosi…and attended a White House Conference on Gay and Lesbian issues…and introduced his good friend Edward Albee at Monday night’s Helen Hayes Awards ceremony … and he got married.
On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, on the banks of the Potomac, with Tyne Daly, star of McNally’s Master Class as witness, and Lisbon Traviata stars John Glover and Malcolm Gets as guests, Terrence McNally and his partner of 10 years Tom Kirdahy, a lawyer and Broadway producer, exchanged vows under Washington’s same-sex marriage laws.
In accepting his lifetime achievement award at Monday night’s awards ceremony, Edward Albee said that a good measure of the health of this country was expressed in how we treat Terrence McNally’s plays. Albee used the specific example of McNally’s 1998 play Corpus Christi. While Washington celebrates McNally with a three play festival at the Kennedy Center, a Texas college recently refused to allow a student production of Corpus Christi.
The play holds special significance for McNally and Kirdahy as this AP story makes clear.