Women Who Write Plays: Interviews with American Dramatist

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In this collection of 25 interviews, theater critic Alexis Greene talks with women who write plays for the American stage. She explores topics such as cultural background, playwriting style, the challenges of sustaining a career, and the relationship between life and art. These in-depth conversations provide unique insights into the work, thought processes, and personalities of an extraordinary group of writers.

Included in this volume are interviews with: Pearl Cleage, Constance Congdon, Kia Corthron, Migdalia Cruz, Elizabeth Egloff, Eve Ensler, The Five Lesbian Brothers, Beth Henley, Tina Howe, Holly Hughes, Jakes-ann Jones, Wendy Kesselman, Emily Mann, Marlane Meyer, Cherrie Moraga, Carmen Rivera, Anna Deavere Smith, Diane Son, Paula Vogel, Naomi Wallace, Cheryl L. West, Elizabeth Wong, Wakako Yamauchi.

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A theater critic, dramaturge, and teacher, Greene presents her edited interviews with 23 contemporary women playwrights working in American theater. Asking insightful, pointed questions, Greene explores the playwrights' personal backgrounds, reasons for writing, creative processes, and artistic intentions. Her goal was "to give these writers room to give themselves context" by making "the connections between their lives and their art" and she succeeds fully. The playwrights respond to Greene's questions honestly and thoughtfully, allowing the reader to hear their unique voices. These women are a diverse group, ranging in age from their early thirties to their seventies and representing a variety of ethnic, cultural, geographical, and political backgrounds. They are also playwrights who have been writing since the 1970s and 1980s as well as those only beginning their careers. This is an enjoyable read for both those interested in theater biography and those who aspire to be playwrights in today's American theater. Recommended for all theater collections. Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ., KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A collection of interviews with 23 women who write plays for the American stage, including Lynne Alvarez, Emily Mann, and Elizabeth Wong. Interviewees discuss their biographical history, as well as their cultural background, playwriting style, the challenges of sustaining a career, and the relationship between life and art. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575252629
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: Art of Theater Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 543
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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