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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Howard Medoff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1940 in Mount Carmel, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Medoff was born in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 1967, while working as an instructor at the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in Washington, D.C., he wrote his first play, ''The Wager''. His first play to be staged in New York City was ''When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?,'' which won him the 1974 Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding New Playwright. Medoff's big breakthrough and most famous work was 1980s ''Children of a Lesser God'', which won him the Tony, Drama Desk, and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Play. Mark Medoff, has been an actor, director, and playwright and has taught English at New Mexico State University.

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