Play That Changed My Life America's Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them

ISBN-10: 1557837406

ISBN-13: 9781557837400

Edition: 2009

Authors: Ben Hodges
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Description: Twenty of today's greatest playwrights - including Tony Kushner, Christopher Durang, and Suzan-Lori Parks - contribute to this book about the transformative power of theatre. "To this day, I can call up in my mind's eye flashes of the show... This was the moment when I first realized what theatre could do, how visceral it could be. The story was alien, yet comprehensible. It was artifice, of course, yet so real. It was disturbing, yet thrilling. This was the night when the theatre became my true passion (goodbye Boy Scouts; goodbye stamp collecting; goodbye Snoopy) and only four years later, before I had even graduated college, my profession." - from the foreword by Howard Sherman, writing about Buried Child by Sam Shepard What was the play that changed your life? What was the play that inspired you; that showed you something entirely new; that was so thrilling or surprising, breathtaking or poignant, that you were never the same? Twenty of today's most gifted playwrights respond in this most revealing and personal book. From Edward Albee's 1935 visit to New York's Hippodrome Theatre to see Jimmy Durante (and an elephant) in Rodgers and Hart's Jumbo, to Marsha Norman's revelation upon seeing Peter Shaffer's Royal Hunt of the Sun in 1965, to Diana Son's twelfth-grade field trip in 1983 to see Diane Venora play Hamlet at the Public Theatre, America's foremost playwrights share their stories. Also included here are pieces by Christopher Durang, Horton Foote, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adam Rapp, and more.

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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 11/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Little Rock
On Reading and Seeing Plays
Distilled to Its Essence
The Incipient Existentialist and the Broadway Musical
Pasadena and Beyond. The New York Theater
Memories
Back in Buffalo
Plays That Changed My Life
"Tiens, il est neuf heures"
Two Plays, Two Lives
Indelicately Unbalanced
A Playwright's Search for the Spiritual Father
Succotash on Ice
Everything Changes: Your Life
The Baltimore Waltz and the plays of my childhood
Standing in the Wings
I Will Follow
Adrienne Kennedy
Bruce and Charles
Acknowledgments
The American Theatre Wing
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