Getting Out was the co-winner of ATL's Great American Play Contest for 1977, and went on to receive numerous other honors, including the Oppenheimer/Newsday Award, the John Gassner Playwriting Medallion awarded by the Outer Critics Circle, and the American Theatre Critics Association citation as the outstanding new play produced outside of New York during the 1977-78 season. The following year Getting Out was featured in the Burns Mantle Theatre Yearbook as one of the best plays of the New York season, published by Avon Books, and chosen as a Fireside Book Club Selection.
Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for 'Night Mother and Tony Award winner for her Broadway musical The Secret Garden, Norman is a master at creating dialog and dramatic scenes that ring true to our ears and senses. Included in this collection of seven plays are Getting Out, Third & Oak, Circus Valentine, and The Holdup. Three speeches made to drama groups appear at the end. Her characters, whether they be performers in a struggling two-bit circus, women in an all-night landromat, or a Western outlaw, are ones we can easily identify with and understand. Each play may represent a different time and place, but all speak universal truths about the human condition. Highly recommended for all modern drama collections.--Howard E. Miller, St. Louis Science Ctr.
Marsha Norman won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize recipient (1983 'Night Mother). Her play Getting Out won the John Gassner Playwriting Medallion, the Newsday Oppenheimer Award, and a special citation from the American Theatre Critics Association. Ms. Norman received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her Broadway Musical, The Secret Garden. She serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild and was the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.