by Rosemarie Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan
foreword by Marcia Gay Harden
Northwestern University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6553-3 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2762-3
Library of Congress Classification PS350.P57 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 812.5409


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. 

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