Speaking on Stage: Interviews with Contemporary American Playwrights

Overview

This book offers interviews with 27 of America's leading playwrights whose work has shaped the American theatre since 1945. The interviews are lucid, witty, and insightful, offering entertaining reading. Collectively, the interviews provide a syncretic history of American theatre, showing where our dramatic roots lie and suggesting where our theatrical experiments will take us.
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Overview

This book offers interviews with 27 of America's leading playwrights whose work has shaped the American theatre since 1945. The interviews are lucid, witty, and insightful, offering entertaining reading. Collectively, the interviews provide a syncretic history of American theatre, showing where our dramatic roots lie and suggesting where our theatrical experiments will take us.
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A very fine representation of the American theater since 1945 collecting interviews with its leading playwrights conducted by scholars specializing in their work. A partial listing of the 27 writers interviewed is, to say the least, impressive: Edward Albee, Beth Henley, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, David Mamet, Arthur Miller, Ntozake Shange, Neil Simon, and Wendy Wasserstein. The interviewers have an uncanny knack to ask the questions we would, such as Kushner's views on queer politics, or what Shange perceives as her strengths in writing, resulting in a fascinating discourse on language. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817307967
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction / Interviews: The New Metadrama 1
Pt. 1 Broadway Realism: The American Theatre, 1945 to 1959 7
Robert Anderson 13
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee 31
Arthur Miller 40
Neil Simon 58
Pt. 2 Anxiety and Alienation: The American Theatre, 1959 to 1969 83
Edward Albee 89
Maria Irene Fornes 98
Jack Gelber 115
Adrienne Kennedy 125
Megan Terry 138
Jean-Claude Van Itallie 150
Pt. 3 Recovery and Regeneration: The American Theatre of the 1970s 161
Charles Gordone 167
David Mamet 176
Albert Innaurato 185
Romulus Linney 193
Emily Mann 205
Ntozake Shange 216
Pt. 4 Celebrating Difference: The American Theatre since 1980 231
Kenneth Bernard 239
Beth Henley 250
Tina Howe 260
David Henry Hwang 277
Tony Kushner 291
Karen Malpede 314
Terrence McNally 332
Mark Medoff 346
Joan Schenkar 365
Wendy Wasserstein 379
Contributors 393
Index 399
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