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The playwright's muse
Herrington, Joan, 1960-
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, [2002]

Physical Description:
ix, 310 pages ; 24 cm.
"Not having it all": Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon woman -- Interview with wendy Wasserstein -- Birth, baptism, and resurrection: August Wilson and the blues -- Interview with August Wilson -- Broadway boundaries: Neil Simon and popular culture -- Interview with Neil Simon -- Lessons from our first frontier -- Interview with Robert Schenkkan -- Kushner's arcades: "the borders are full of holes" -- Interview with Tony Kushner -- "A's" last memory: contextualizing Albee's Three tall women -- Interview with Edward Albee -- Horton Foote: mystic of the American theatre -- Interview with Horton Foote -- Jonathan Larson rocks broadway -- Conversations with Jonathan Larson -- Seducing the audience: politics in the plays of Paula Vogel -- Interview with Paula Vogel -- Margaret Edson: playwrite in spite of herself -- Donald Margulies: from Boitschick to man.

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Joan Herrington is Director of Women's Theatre and Associate Professor of Theatre at Western Michigan University

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Library Journal Review

This is a wonderful collection of interviews with 11 Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatists, among them Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Jonathan Larson, Neil Simon, August Wilson, Horton Foote, and Wendy Wasserstein. As the title suggests, the linking theme is the question of what inspires the dramatist to write, and the interviewers ask pertinent questions about both the playwright and the plays. A separate essay by a scholar or theater artist precedes most of the interviews and serves as a good source of introductory material about the dramatist. One exception is the chapter on Margaret Edson, the author of Wit. Here, comments by the interviewer are interspersed with the interview itself, a technique that works quite well as the playwright's and the interviewer's comments often highlight each other. Edson stands out in this collection for two reasons: she is a one-play wonder, and she has no intention of leaving her job teaching kindergarten in the Atlanta school system. Perhaps because she does not consider herself a professional playwright, as do the other ten writers, hers is one of the most interesting chapters. Recommended for all academic libraries and libraries with significant theater collections. Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Joan HerringtonAngelika CzekayAngelika CzekayJoan HerringtonJoan HerringtonBette MandlBette MandlTom BryantTom ByrantFramji MinwallaFramji MinwallaThomas P. AdlerJoan HerringtonCrystal BrianCrystal BrianAmy Asch and Maggy LallyAmy AschAnn LindenAnn LindenMead HunterJerry Patch
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
"Not Having it all" : Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Womenp. 17
Interview With Wendy Wassersteinp. 45
Birth, Baptism, and Resurrection: August Wilson and the Bluesp. 53
Interview With August Wilsonp. 71
Broadway Boundaries: Neil Simon and Popular Culturep. 79
Interview With Neil Simonp. 91
Lessons From Our First Frontierp. 99
Interview With Robert Schenkkanp. 121
Kushner's Arcades: "The Borders Are Full of Holes"p. 127
Interview With Tony Kushnerp. 145
"A' S" Last Memory: Contextualizing Albee's Three Tall Womenp. 159
Interview With Edward Albeep. 175
Horton Foote: Mystic of the American Theatrep. 181
Interview With Horton Footep. 207
Jonathan Larson Rocks Broadwayp. 211
Conversations With Jonaihan Larsonp. 225
Seducing the Audience: Politics in the Plays of Paula Vogelp. 231
Interview With Paula Vogelp. 253
Margaret Edson: Playwright in Spite of Herselfp. 261
Donald Margulies: From Boitschick to Manp. 279
Select Bibliographyp. 293
Contributorsp. 301
Indexp. 304