Women Playwrights of Diversity: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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WENDY HAMMOND

( 1955- )


BIOGRAPHY

Wendy Hammond was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and, although the family traveled a great deal, she considers Utah her home. She received her MFA from New York University's Dramatic Writing Program where she studied with Tina Howe, Len Jenkin, and Michael Weller. Hammond has taught playwriting courses at several universities and in the prison ward of Bellevue Hospital. Through the Chesterfield Film Project, Hammond spent a year in Hollywood but was glad to return to the East Coast.

Her first play with lesbian characters and themes, Julie Johnson, was commissioned by the Actors Theatre of Louisville for their 1994 season. During a panel discussion with audience members, Hammond was asked if she was gay. Although, at the time, she said she preferred not to answer that question, she later wrote a moving preface to her play: "I didn't write Julie Johnson because I'm gay. Perhaps the play is partly a response to my own Mormon background, a religion and culture of breathtaking beauty and warmth. . . . Which makes it difficult for Mormons who are . . . gay. . . . I wrote (the play) because I needed to write about someone who isn't living truthfully, who begins to live truthfully, and how wonderful and terrible that is." Hammond regularly performs a one- person play Wendy in the Wacko Ward. She is a screenwriter as well as a playwright. She teaches at Vassar College and lives nearby. Wendy Hammond is a member of the New Dramatists.


PLAY DESCREPTIONS

An early play of Hammond, Carl and the Professor, is about the symbiotic relationship between Freud and Jung, a study of the mentor-mentee relationship.

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