Derek Anson Jones, 38, the Washington native whose work as a theater director included the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a woman facing death, "Wit," died Jan. 17 at a hospital in New York. He had AIDS.
Mr. Jones had been associated with the play by Margaret Edson since 1997, when it opened at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn. It has since played in several other theaters and won the Pulitzer for drama last year. Productions now are being staged in New York and Los Angeles. A national tour begins in Boston on Feb. 1. Mr. Jones won the 1999 Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk nomination last year for his direction of "Wit."
Earlier in his career, Mr. Jones directed at theaters in Washington, including Arena Stage. He was the director in 1990 of "HerbertIII," "Shadowing the Conqueror" and "Mixed Babies," at the Washington Stage Guild, and "The Comedy of Errors" of the Shakespeare Theatre Young Company.
He also acted in productions of "Twelfth Night" and "The Queen and the Rebels" at Source Theatre.
Mr. Jones, who lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., had known playwright Edson since he was a student at Sidwell Friends School. He graduated from Brown University and received a master's degree in fine arts from Yale University.
In addition to "Wit," Mr. Jones directed Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "An American Daughter" by Wendy Wasserstein. He also directed at such regional theaters as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
Survivors include his partner, Denis O'Hare of Brooklyn; his parents, Raymond and Gladys Jones, both of Washington; and a brother, Raymond Jones Jr. of Aurora, Colo.