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A.R. Gurney : a casebook
Sponberg, Arvid F.
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New York : Routledge, 2004.
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xvi, 232 pages ; 24 cm.
Indeterminacy as tragic fate : issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in Gurney / Mark William Rocha -- Where does the WASP keep its sting? : the dynamics of anger in the plays of A.R. Gurney / Ervene Gulley -- Dining room : a Tocquevillian take on the decline of WASP culture / Bruce McConachie -- What I did last summer : realizing one's potential / Laura Miller -- Absent fathers, transient sons : Miller, Inge, and Gurney / Arvid F. Sponberg -- Entering the fourth dimension : A.R. Gurney's Sweet Sue / Brenda Gordon -- Allusive A.R. Gurney / Brenda Murphy -- Gurney's Sylvia : what oft was thought / JoAllen Bradham -- Picnics and parties : Inge, Gurney, and The argument of comedy / Arvid F. Sponberg
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This is the first full-length study devoted to the art of A.R. Gurney, a major contemporary American playwright who has written over thirty plays, including Love Letters. This volume brings together original interviews with Gurney and four actors and a director who have worked closely with him, as well as essays by leading theater scholars on the range of Gurney's work.

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Mark William RochaErvene GulleyBruce McConachieLaura MillerArvid F. SponbergBrenda GordonBrenda MurphyJoAllen BradhamArvid F. Sponberg
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
General Editor's Notep. xiii
Prefacep. xv
A. R. Gurney: An Introductionp. 1
Part I Interviews
An Interview with A. R. Gurneyp. 17
An Interview with John Cunninghamp. 35
An Interview with Holland Taylorp. 45
An Interview with Debra Mooneyp. 55
An Interview with John Tillingerp. 67
Part II Essays
Indeterminacy as Tragic Fate: Issues of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Gurneyp. 79
Where Does the Wasp Keep Its Sting? The Dynamics of Anger in the Plays of A. R. Gurneyp. 94
The Dining Room: A Tocquevillian Take on the Decline of Wasp Culturep. 101
What I Did Last Summer: Realizing One's Potentialp. 112
Absent Fathers, Transient Sons: Miller, Inge, and Gurneyp. 122
Entering the Fourth Dimension: A. R. Gurney's Sweet Suep. 131
The Allusive A. R. Gurneyp. 140
Gurney's Sylvia: What Oft Was Thoughtp. 149
Picnics and Parties: Inge, Gurney, and the Argument of Comedyp. 160
Part III Articles by A. R. Gurney
A Sacred Place: Journal of Architectural Education, November 1975p. 171
Pushing the Walls of Dramatic Form: The New York Times, July 27, 1986p. 174
The Dinner Party: American Heritage, 39 (September-October 1988)p. 177
Conversation Piece: Newsweek, June 26, 1989p. 181
Critical Condition: American Theatre, June 24-7, 1991p. 184
When the Final Act Is Only a Beginning: The New York Times, October 27, 1991p. 189
Shaw, the Eternal Schoolmaster, Can Still Be Wise: The New York Times, January 31, 1993p. 193
Coming Home to a Musical That Sounds Like America: The New York Times, September 8, 1996p. 199
High Time for Comedy (and Political Outrage): The New York Times, November 10, 2002p. 203
Afterword: A Cue for Gurney Studiesp. 206
Chronologyp. 210
Bibliographyp. 213
Contributorsp. 219
Indexp. 223