Tina Howe has died at 85: Playwright penned works such as Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances
- She died from natural causes after she suffered complications after falling ill, after falling and fracturing her hip
- She was best known for her works Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances
- Howe who was twice a finalist for Pulitzer Prize awards
Playwright Tina Howe died Monday at 85 at New York Presbyterian Allen Hospital from natural causes, after she suffered complications after falling ill, after falling and fracturing her hip.
Howe, who was twice a finalist for Pulitzer Prizes, was best known for her works Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Howe’s agent Patrick Herold confirmed the sad news, according to Deadline.
The New York City native was educated at a number of colleges, including Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and Chicago Teachers College.
She also was a philosophy student at Paris’ Sorbonne University prior to achieving success in plays when Painting Churches began at Second Stage Off Broadway.
Painting Churches – which told the story of a Boston-based artist and her older parents – eventually arrived in 1983 on Broadway and captured Howe an Obie Award.
The production was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the Drama category.
Howe’s work traced back to the early 1970s, when her play The Nest was performed at an Off Broadway theater.
In 1986, Howe’s play Coastal Disturbances was put on at New York City’s Second Stage, and the next year, began running on Broadway.
The play, a romantic drama set on a Massachusetts coastline, was feted with a number of honors, including Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
It garnered Tony Award nominations for Howe, director Carole Rothman and actress Annette Bening.
Howe had another successful play with Pride’s Crossing, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 1997 in a Lincoln Center Theater production, after initial runs at The Old Globe in San Diego.
Pride’s Crossing was a critical success, winning the Best Play award at the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Awards while achieving finalist status for a Pulitzer Prize in the Drama category.
Other prominent plays she penned that have been produced multiple times over the years are Approaching Zanzibar, Birth and After Birth, Museum, and The Art of Dining.
Howe’s work had been debuted at a number of prominent venues nationwide, including the Kennedy Center, the Public Theater, The Old Globe, Second Stage, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Atlantic Theater Company and Lincoln Center Theater, among others.
Howe was also honored with multiple accolades for her work throughout her life, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Grant, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, according to the outlet.
In 2015, she was awarded with PEN’s Master American Playwright award.
Her final work was published this past April: Where Women Go, a compilation of one-act plays.
She was also involved with a number of academic institutions, as she had been a teacher at Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, New York University and UCLA. She was on the council of the Dramatists Guild for more than three decades.
She was wed to husband Norman Levy for 61 years, who died in 2022. She is survived by children Eben Levy (and wife Cate Latting) and Dara Rebell (and husband Joshua Rebell), and three grandkids.