Terrence McNally (“Love! Valour! Compassion!”) Dies From Coronavirus Complications

(Terrence McNally. Photo: Al Pereira 2020)

Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81, reports SF Gate.

McNally died Tuesday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida. McNally was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease.

His plays and musicals explored how people connect — or fail to. With wit and thoughtfulness, he tackled the strains in families, war, and relationships and probed the spark and costs of creativity. He was an openly gay writer who wrote about homophobia, love and AIDS.