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Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson's version of A Christmas Carol—a Ghost Story of Christmas premiered at the Alley in 1990 featuring the luminous Bettye Fitzpatrick as the Ghost of Christmas Past. His adaptation is entering its 23rd holiday season at the Alley, its 21st at Hartford Stage and 15th at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre. Dramatists Play Service published his adaptation in 2009. Wilson has directed over 20 productions for the Alley, including Horton Foote’s The Old Friends in 2014. In 1995, he directed the Alley Company in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Parts I & II, which toured to the Venice Biennale. Off-Broadway, he received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for his direction of Horton Foote’s three-part nine-hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle. On Broadway, he directed the Tony Award winning revival of The Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, the Tony nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man starring James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, the Tony nominated Best Plays, Dividing the Estate starring Hallie Foote, and Enchanted April starring Molly Ringwald; and the Roundabout Theater Company (RTC) revival of Old Acquaintance. Other credits include Arthur Miller’s Incident At Vichy starring Richard Thomas; Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly starring Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson; Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children starring Jean Stapleton (a transfer of the Alley’s 2001 premiere production); Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign starring Elizabeth Ashley and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis; new plays by Eve Ensler, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, Beth Henley, Tina Howe and Christopher Shinn, among others. Wilson made his screen directorial debut with the 2014 Emmy and DGA Award nominated Lifetime Ostar film version of The Trip to Bountiful. A Morehead scholar graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Wilson was Artistic Director of Hartford Stage from 1998-2011 where he commissioned and developed Quiara Hudes Alegria’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Water By the Spoonful.  He is currently developing with Daisy and Hallie Foote the new musical Tender Mercies, based on their father’s Oscar winning film, first seen in the Alley’s 2018 All New Festival.