What Playwrights Talk about When They Talk about Writing (Hardcover)

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A remarkable series of interviews with some of the best American and British playwrights writing today. Book-ended with two late great American playwrights, Edward Albee and Lanford Wilson. For both the general reader and theatre artist. Excellent.

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The art and craft of playwriting as explored in candid conversations with some of the most important contemporary dramatists

Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, A. R. Gurney, and a host of other major creative voices of the theater discuss the art of playwriting, from inspiration to production, in a volume that marks the tenth anniversary of the Yale Drama Series and the David Charles Horn Foundation Prize for emerging playwrights.

Jeffrey Sweet, himself an award-winning dramatist, hosts a virtual roundtable of perspectives on how to tell stories onstage featuring extensive interviews with a gallery of gifted contemporary dramatists. In their own words, Arthur Kopit, Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, David Hare, and many others offer insights into all aspects of the creative writing process as well as their personal views on the business, politics, and fraternity of professional theater. This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love.

About the Author

Jeffrey Sweet is an award-winning playwright and theater historian. His previous work includes the play The Value of Names, histories of the Second City and the O'Neill Theater Center, and two books on playwriting.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300211443
ISBN-10: 0300211449
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English