American Drama

A scholarly journal publishing original studies of American dramatic literature from colonial to contemporary times, with greater emphasis given to the period of the twentieth century to the present. Coverage includes critical examination of trends and di

Articles from Summer

Andre Bishop on the Intelligent Craft of Arthur Laurents
GABRIEL MILLER: How far back do you go with Arthur Laurents? ANDRE BISHOP: You mean in terms of me knowing him? Not really that far back. I met him around the New York theater, but had never worked with him. I was involved in a reading or two of...
An Excerpt from Jolson Sings Again
Act One. Scene Seven: Julian's--The next day Light bangs up on Andreas, Robbie, and Julian. ANDREAS: Who told you? ROBBIE: It doesn't matter. ANDREAS: I'm not the Un-American Committee, for Chrissake! Who told you? ROBBIE: Georgia. ...
An Excerpt from My Good Name
Act Two. Scene One: A little later that Monday RACHEL and HARRY are dancing to a different tune. The music stops. HE goes to change the tape. SHE stands there for a moment. RACHEL: But wasn't what you did the same as what they did? HARRY:...
An Interview with Arthur Laurents
GABRIEL MILLER: Let me start with the same question I asked you last time: Which playwrights influenced you when you were younger? ARTHUR LAURENTS: Thornton Wilder, Lillian Hellman, and Philip Barry, I think that's about it. GM: I'll ask you...
Arthur Laurents Bibliography
PUBLISHED PLAYS "Now Playing Tomorrow," in Short Plays for Stage and Radio, ed Carless Jones. Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico P., 1939. "Western Electric Communicade," Best One-Act Plays of 1944. Ed. Margaret Mayorga. New York: Dodd Mead, 1944....
Arthur Laurents Chronology
1917 - Born on July 14th in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Irving Laurents and Ada (Robbins) Laurents. 1933 - Graduates from Erasmus Hall High School. 1993-37 - Attends Cornell University. Graduates with a major in English. 1937 - Takes a...
A Toast to the Champion of High Comedy, Arthur Laurents
I have a lot to say about Arthur and his work, so sit back for a bit. It won't be half as much as I want to say, but it's going to take a few minutes. Once upon a time, in the first half of the twentieth century, when theater was the biggest game...
Bernadette Peters on Gypsy
GABRIEL MILLER: Is the production of Gypsy still going forward? BERNADETTE PETERS: Oh yeah, definitely. GM: When is it scheduled to open? BP: It opens in April. GM: And you go into rehearsal in January or February? BP: January. GM:...
Editor's Note
With great pride and pleasure I introduce this very Special Double Issue of American Drama dedicated to celebrating and exploring the life and works of Arthur Laurents. This project was brought to me by Gabriel Miller, who had completed lengthy interviews...
"Hubbell, People ARE Their Principles"
Arthur Laurents may be the most principled man I have ever known. One of his best known creations, Katie Morosky, the heroine of The Way We Were, admonishes her husband during a debate over the costs of standing one s ground with the simple passionate...
Nicholas Martin on Directing Arthur Laurents
GABRIEL MILLER: Did you first meet Arthur Laurents when you were doing Time of the Cuckoo or do you go a little further back than that? NICHOLAS MARTIN: No, we lived near each other and Andre Bishop arranged for us to have lunch to see if we liked...
The Meaning of the Moon: The Plays of Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents is one of the most versatile, talented, and socially committed of the playwrights who came of age in the aftermath of World War II. If he lacks the luminary stature of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, he more than holds his own...