A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Anne Washburn I had a friend who woke up one night upon hearing a burglar in his apartment and seeing the flickering light of a candle the burglar was carrying. My friend feigned sleep—with his wife beside him and his teenage son in the next room. He heard the burglar go through the pockets of the pants slung over a chair.
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Kia Corthron There is so much to say about Kia, because Kia herself has so very much to say, and because what she says in her work is always so urgent, so vital. Because to fail to listen to what she has to say is to fail some part of our own humanity, to fail in our responsibility as citizens of this world to engage the world.
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Lucy Thurber Lucy Thurber was born in rural Massachusetts—close to but a world away from all those fancy colleges they got there. Her home was a kind of crazy, a kind of not enough and too much all at once, a mess of that scarcity and abundance that informs so much of her work
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Stephen Adly Guirgis Guirgis sets his actors free. His truthfulness sets us free. He speaks his heart with the most direct, uncensored eloquence. He calls “a fuckin’ piece-of-dirt-Shanty-Irish Mick-fuck father!” a “fuckin’ piece-of-dirt-Shanty-Irish Mick-fuck father!” His writing shines like the light from an approaching subway car at the moment Jesus hops aboard.
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Eisa Davis This very quality defines Eisa Davis’s work: she knows how to listen. I think it was Robert Lewis who said that “acting is listening.” Eisa has taught me that playwriting is listening. In her autobiographical works, she is flooded with the voices of family and history. In The History of Light they are absent voices re-found; in Angela’s Mix-Tape—written for and to her aunt, Angela Davis—the voices are ever-present, even insistent.
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Harvey Fierstein Yes, Harvey Fierstein is the downtown drag artist who paraded uptown at a spectacularly young age. Yes, he’s that sassy, tell-it-like-it-is sister wit who came out, in Brooklyn, when other pishers were getting bar mitzvahed. He’s the gay activist who’s been knocking down closet doors ever since. He’s been a Virgil of the gay bar backroom, written plays with beds center stage and moaning in the dark.
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Julie Taymor Julie Taymor We have been told of a great fall, a great failure. Here is an American auteur director, the papers announce, making sense of that old phrase, “the daily bugle,” who has over-reached, plummeted from the sky, taking untold performers and investors with her.