Julie Salamon’s extraordinary new book, Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein, includes a moving account of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s visit to Key West for the 2005 Seminar. Wasserstein was already showing signs of the illness which would end her life less than a year later, at 55. But in Key West, writes Salomon, Wasserstein found balm and respite. She was joined by her old friend and collaborator Christopher Durang, who fondly recalled the trip as a last chance to share “warm memories of earlier, happier times.” It would also mark Wasserstein and Durang’s last collaboration, as they hatched a plan over breakfast to deliver a parody of Medea for their panel presentation that day. It went well. The audience laughed and giggled. “She had worked her magic.”
You can listen to another presentation by Wasserstein from that weekend in our audio archives. The photos here are from Wasserstein’s first Key West trip in 1990 for New Directions in American Theater.