A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights

Synopsis

Thirty-three leading American and British playwrights, from Robert Anderson to Paul Zindel, discuss their own work and contemporary drama and offer projections about theater for the 21st century. Proceeding from the premise that recent drama in various ways represents a reaction to the Theater of the Absurd, interviewer DiGaetani terms the diverse responses "postmodernism," or a movement away from "old-fashioned modernism." This concept, while not universally accepted by the playwrights, becomes a point of departure for lively dialogue, providing insights into the dynamics of contemporary theater.