The Playwright at Work

To familiarize the reader with the world of each playwright, Tichler and Kaplan introduce us to the environments in which the work happens, conducting their interviews in the playwright’s home, a dark theater, or a coffee shop.

Author: Rosemarie Tichler

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810127623

Category: Drama

Page: 314

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Rosemarie Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan take us behind the scenes in conversations with thirteen of today’s most distinguished playwrights, including Tony Kushner, John Guare, Wallace Shawn, Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang, and Sarah Ruhl. To familiarize the reader with the world of each playwright, Tichler and Kaplan introduce us to the environments in which the work happens, conducting their interviews in the playwright’s home, a dark theater, or a coffee shop. Topics of conversation range from the playwrights’ earliest memories of the theater to finding their unique voices, and from their working relationships with directors, actors, and designers to their involvement in the purely commercial aspects of their profession. Taken together, these conversations constitute a collectively taught master class in the art and craft of writing for the stage.

Talking Theatre

Candid, in-depth interviews published for the first time.

Author: Richard Eyre

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124123501

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 331

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Candid, in-depth interviews published for the first time. Includes interviews with John Gielgud, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave, Arthur Miller, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett, David Hare, Christopher Hampton, Tony Kushner, Peter Brook, Peter Hall, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.

Brian Friel in Conversation

Reflections by the author of Dancing at Lughnasa on Irish writers, the theater, nationalism, Catholicism, and his childhood

Author: Brian Friel

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472067109

Category: Drama

Page: 289

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Reflections by the author of Dancing at Lughnasa on Irish writers, the theater, nationalism, Catholicism, and his childhood

What Playwrights Talk about when They Talk about Writing

This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love.

Author: Jeffrey Sweet

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300211443

Category: Drama

Page: 279

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The art and craft of playwriting as explored in candid conversations with some of the most important contemporary dramatists Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, A. R. Gurney, and a host of other major creative voices of the theater discuss the art of playwriting, from inspiration to production, in a volume that marks the tenth anniversary of the Yale Drama Series and the David Charles Horn Foundation Prize for emerging playwrights. Jeffrey Sweet, himself an award-winning dramatist, hosts a virtual roundtable of perspectives on how to tell stories onstage featuring extensive interviews with a gallery of gifted contemporary dramatists. In their own words, Arthur Kopit, Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, David Hare, and many others offer insights into all aspects of the creative writing process as well as their personal views on the business, politics, and fraternity of professional theater. This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love.

My Theatre Talks

Talking of whales , I cannot make up my mind about the cod production of
Boucicault ' s The Streets of London at the Ambassadors Theatre . For the past
fortnight London has been humming with rumours about this . Some said that the
old ...

Author: James Agate

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4381581

Category: English drama

Page: 316

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Wild Talk

"From the playwright who wrote the acclaimed collection of monologues, Talking With, Jane Martin's newest work compiling the stories of a drum majorette, a kidnapped girl, a woman bent on figuring men out through football, and several more" ...

Author: Jane Martin (Playwright)

Publisher:

ISBN: 0573799938

Category: Drama

Page: 39

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"From the playwright who wrote the acclaimed collection of monologues, Talking With, Jane Martin's newest work compiling the stories of a drum majorette, a kidnapped girl, a woman bent on figuring men out through football, and several more" -- Back cover.

Conversations with August Wilson

Collects a selection of the many interviews Wilson gave from 1984 to 2004.

Author: August Wilson

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578068312

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

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Collects a selection of the many interviews Wilson gave from 1984 to 2004. In the interviews, the playwright covers at length and in detail his plays and his background. He comments as well on such subjects as the differences between African Americans and whites, his call for more black theater companies, and his belief that African Americans made a mistake in assimilating themselves into the white mainstream. He also talks about his major influences, what he calls his "four B's"-- the blues, writers James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka, and painter Romare Bearden. Wilson also discusses his writing process and his multiple collaborations with director Lloyd Richards--Publisher description.

Talking Heads

A playwright is not the best person to talk about his own work for the simple
reason that he is often unaware of what he has written. Someone (I think, Tom
Stoppard) has compared the playwright confronted by his critics to a passage
through ...

Author: Alan Bennett

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571365395

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Theebook edition of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues 'Alan Bennett's Talking Heads is pretty much the best thing ever.' David Sedaris Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with Talking Heads, a series of twelve groundbreaking monologues, originally filmed for BBC Television, starring Patricia Routledge, Thora Hird, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Stephanie Cole, Eileen Atkins, David Haig, Penelope Wilton and Alan Bennett himself. Uplifting, deeply moving, full of humanity and wit, they remain essential, glorious reading.

How Russia Learned to Talk

Contemporaries tended to agree that this aesthetic-ethical programme was best
realized in Moscow's Malyi Theatre, the most dynamic of the imperial theatres,
where the repertoire combined contemporary realistic plays with the classics.

Author: Stephen Lovell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199546428

Category: History

Page: 352

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Russia in the late nineteenth century may have been an autocracy, but it was far from silent. In the 1860s, new venues for public speech sprang up: local and municipal assemblies, the courtroom, and universities and learned societies. Theatre became more lively and vernacular, while the Orthodox Church exhorted its priests to become better preachers. Although the tsarist government attempted to restrain Russia's emerging orators, the empire was entering an era of vigorous modern politics. All the while, the spoken word was amplified by the written: the new institutions of the 1860s brought with them the adoption of stenography. Russian political culture reached a new peak of intensity with the 1905 revolution and the creation of a parliament, the State Duma, whose debates were printed in the major newspapers. Sometimes considered a failure as a legislative body, the Duma was a formidable school of modern political rhetoric. It was followed by the cacophonous freedom of 1917, when Aleksandr Kerensky, dubbed Russia's 'persuader-in-chief', emerged as Russia's leading orator only to see his charisma wane. The Bolsheviks could boast charismatic orators of their own, but after the October Revolution they also turned public speaking into a core ritual of Soviet 'democracy'. The Party's own gatherings remained vigorous (if also sometimes vicious) throughout the 1920s; and here again, the stenographer was in attendance to disseminate proceedings to a public of newspaper readers or Party functionaries. How Russia Learned to Talk offers an entirely new perspective on Russian political culture, showing that the era from Alexander II's Great Reforms to early Stalinism can usefully be seen as a single 'stenographic age'. All Russia's rulers, whether tsars or Bolsheviks, were grappling with the challenges and opportunities of mass politics and modern communications. In the process, they gave a new lease of life to the age-old rhetorical technique of oratory.

Playwright Versus Director

The playwright never talks directly to the actor except to say , “ You ' re wonderful
. ” A director builds up a different channel with each actor — very personal and
distinct . A playwright could ruin it all by intruding . He talks to the director , gives ...

Author: Sidney Berger

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:39015032145867

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 179

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Giving equal space to the sanctity of script and the director's artistic freedom, this book considers the difficulties encountered by playwright and director, as they bring a script to the stage.

New Theatre Quarterly 60 Volume 15 Part 4

Hecht , Werner , and the BUNA Chemical Workers , ' The Workers Talk to the
Berliner Ensemble : Theatre and the Art of Living ... 3 [ the American playwright
talks about his formative years , his thematic obsessions , and his debut as
director ) .

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052165596X

Category: Drama

Page: 143

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New Theatre Quarterly provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet, and where prevailing dramatic assumptions can be subjected to vigorous critical questioning.

The Art of Theatre Then and Now

After a play, audience members sometimes like to meet the actors. You can do
this by staying for the talk-back or by waiting by the stage door, which is the exit
where actors leave the theatre after the performance. Here, audience members
wait ...

Author: William Missouri Downs

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781337517430

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

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Bringing the fascinating world of theatre to life, THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW, 4th Edition, delivers comprehensive yet lively coverage of the history, cultural diversity, creativity, controversy, and even a typical day in the life of theatre -- packaged in seventeen stand-alone chapters that can be studied in any order. The text is packed with useful information that readers can apply to their own lives, including material on copyrights, the National Endowment for the Arts, censorship, and freedom of speech. The authors also make timely and relevant connections between theatre and the digital world of TV and film to help today's learners understand how the living stage is unique. In addition, the text explores the issues and controversies that have surrounded the theatre for thousands of years -- giving readers more to think about. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Conversations with Edward Albee

The influential American playwright discusses his work, the nature of art, the role of the unconscious, American culture, and the theater

Author: Edward Albee

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878053425

Category: Drama

Page: 223

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The influential American playwright discusses his work, the nature of art, the role of the unconscious, American culture, and the theater

Muse of Fire

Either way, the man was a very great playwright. The rest is silence. But the main
reason Hamlet is not taught as a gay man is that he never, not once, talks about
being a gay man. How can a character be gay if he does not talk about his ...

Author: Terrence McNally

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

ISBN: 9781683932826

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 206

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Acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally’s works are characterized by such diversity that critics have sometimes had difficulty identifying the pattern in his carpet. To redress this problem, in Muse of Fire, Raymond-Jean Frontain has collected McNally’s most illuminating meditations on the need of the playwright to first change hearts in order to change minds and thereby foster a more compassionate community. When read together, these various meditations demonstrate the profound ways in which McNally himself functioned as a member of the theater community—as a strikingly original dramatic voice, as a generous collaborator, and even as the author of eloquent memorials. These pieces were originally written to be delivered on both highly formal occasions (academic commencement exercises, award ceremonies, memorial services) and as off-the-cuff comments at highly informal gatherings, like a playwriting workshop at the New School. They reveal a man who saw theater not as the vehicle for abstract ideas or the platform for political statements, but as the exercise of our shared humanity. “Theatre is collaborative, but life is collaborative,” McNally says. “Art is important to remind us that we’re not alone, and this is a wonderful world and we can make it more wonderful by fully embracing each other. [. . .] I don’t know why it’s so hard to remind ourselves sometimes, but thank God we’ve had great artists who don’t let us forget. And thank the audiences who support them because I think that those artists’ true mission has been to bring the barriers down, break them down; not build walls, but tear them down.”

Educational theatre journal

The same year , operating counter to this dictum , director Jay Ranelli suspended
rehearsals an hour early to let the playwright talk to the actors . For the first time ,
Ranelli noted , the playwrights seemed genuinely to want to hear from the ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4911728

Category:

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Arthur Miller and Company

An insight into the creation and production of the work of Arthur Miller. Miller talks about his life and experiences, events and environments which provide the material for his plays.

Author: C. W. E. Bigsby

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0413650502

Category: Dramatists, American

Page: 240

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An insight into the creation and production of the work of Arthur Miller. Miller talks about his life and experiences, events and environments which provide the material for his plays. He discusses the techniques of his writings and the moral and political questions which his plays address.

Dramatics

Interviews August Wilson : talking with a Pulitzer Prize - winning playwright , by
Jeffrey Goldman . . April Frank Langella : acting as a way of life , by Lesley J .
Gudehus . . . . . . January Hip talk with Johnny and Diane Simons , two of Hip
Pocket ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X001657922

Category: College and school drama

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The Playwright Aleksandr Vampilov

He talks to her through a door that she has locked from the other side . She
listens at first , weeping , then wipes her tears and leaves . At the end of Zilov ' s
plea for her to stay when he suggests that they go on the duck hunt together , it is
Irina ...

Author: Vreneli Farber

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110154510

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 225

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The first study in English of Vampilov's writings, this book argues that Vampilov was both an innovator in Soviet Russian drama of his day and a precursor of trends that developed in the 1970s and 1980s. Vampilov's work generated many debates because of the fundamentally subversive nature of its contents and its devices.

Pinter the Playwright

ELLEN : Does it get darker the higher you get ? RUMSEY : No . Silence And now
we are back in the old age of the three characters . Ellen talks of the night around
her : Around me sits the night . Such a silence . I can hear myself . Cup my ear .

Author: Martin Esslin

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: UOM:39015029206607

Category: Drama

Page: 279

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'In 1958 The Birthday Party was dismissed by all but a few critics and closed after one week''s run in London. Since then Harold Pinter has come to be acknowledged as ''our best living playwright'' (Irving Wardle, The Times) Martin Esslin''s study of Pinter''s plays has become a standard work since its publication in 1970. This sixth, revised edition - published to mark Pinter''s 70th birthday and updated to cover his most recent plays, Moonlight, Ashes to Ashes and Celebration - offers a comprehensive survey of the whole span of Harold Pinter''s writing career by one of the most distinguished commentators on modern theatre. ''It will certainly not be the last book on Pinter, but seems bound to remain one of the best'' John Russell Taylor ''Holds its place as the most straightforwardly useful account of Pinter''s work to date'' Times Literary Supplement'