A living piece of theater begins with a single idea, cultivated in seclusion by the playwright. Collins and Wishna photograph and interview accomplished American playwrights in an attempt to capture that beginning and the journey to the stage.
Playwrights included: Edward Albee, Robert Anderson, Jon Robin Baitz, Eric Bentley, Eric Bogosian, Constance Congdon, Kia Corthron, Christopher Durang, Horton Foote, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, Jack Gelber, Richard Greenberg, John Guare, A.R. Gurney, Jeffrey Hatcher, Beth Henley, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Corinne Jacker, Adrienne Kennedy, Arthur Kopit, Howard Korder, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Romulus Linney, Kenneth Lonergan, Craig Lucas, Eduardo Machado, Wendy MacLeod, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Tim Mason, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, Suzan-Lori Parks, Peter Parnell, David Rabe, Paul Rudnick, Carl Handcock Rux, John Patrick Shanley, Wallace Shawn, Nicky Silver, Neil Simon, Anna Deavere Smith, Alfred Uhry, Paula Vogel, Naomi Wallace, Wendy Wasserstein, Mac Wellman, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, George C. Wolfe, Doug Wright, Susan Yankowitz
Ken Collins' portraits have appeared in The New York Times, Premiere, ARTnews, The (London) Independent on Sunday, and other publications. He has served as an official photographer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. Currently represented by the Gitterman Gallery and a faculty member of the International Center for Photography, Collins lives in New York City.
Victor Wishna is the senior editor of Quest magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Forward, Avenue, and other prestigious publications. He has interviewed and profiled public figures, including statesman Abba Eban, actor Robert DeNiro, and chef Wolfgang Puck. Wishna lives and writes in New York City.