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By Arvid F. Sponberg

This can be the 1st full-length learn dedicated to the paintings of A.R. Gurney, an enormous modern American playwright who has written over thirty performs, together with Love Letters. This quantity brings jointly unique interviews with Gurney and 4 actors and a director who've labored heavily with him, in addition to essays by way of best theater students at the diversity of Gurney's paintings.

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GURNEY: Yes. Yes. AFS: If I could look at the drafts of that script, would I find a lot of working over those passages where Sally and Lois have the Cecily and Gwendolyn dialogue or did that just sort of spring into existence? GURNEY: I’ve taught Wilde a lot. I’ve a colleague at MIT, just a friend, we’re always quoting Wilde at each other. And we both know that movie quite well and we both love The Importance of Being Earnest. So I think that I didn’t calculate that, it just seemed to come out on the page.

Henry] Harper’s world [in Another Antigone] is under enormous pressure. SPONBERG Tony’s left the academic life to put on this party and he’s under pressure from all kinds of sources. Roger and Peggy feel the fourth wall. Are the experiments in character doubling and size of the cast over? GURNEY: Well in Later Life there’s character doubling again, though not all character doubling. [Later Life] attempt[s] to combine the character doubling, which I did a little in Richard Cory, but it’s one space and you’re absolutely right about the space.

Your actors more and more are unwilling to commit themselves for very long to a play. Not that they don’t want to. It’s that they need money. They have to live. Fortunately, for them, they have many other opportunities now. Not simply in the movies and television but soaps, commercials, voice-overs. They have to do it. This is a tough thing, when you consider The Fourth Wall, four actors to commit four months of their lives, living in Chicago. What about their pets? What about their children? That’s tough.

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