Academic journal article American Drama

Editor's Note

Academic journal article American Drama

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

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 with Laurents and was in the midst of composing a long essay on the shape of Laurents's career and the nature of his contribution to American drama. I was excited at the prospect of creating an issue of American Drama that would focus long-deserved attention on the life and work of this wizard of the American stage. I was especially intrigued by the fact that Laurents's dramatic genius had flowered in several areas of American dramatic expression. He has written astonishingly well for the musical theater, the movies and the stage. His varied interests and accomplishments seemed to be a great match with the avowed intention of this journal to recognize and scrutinize the dramatic expressions of American writers for screen, television, radio, and musicals as w ell as for the legitimate stage. Also I was inspired by reading Laurents's candid autobiography to recognize how exemplary his life has been as an American artist struggling to increase tolerance and to enlarge our vision of the possibility of making freer choices in our lives and careers. Laurents's frank avowal of his homosexuality and his exploration of it onstage make his work extremely important in terms of the progressive movement towards greater inclusion and diversity in the stage representations of American life and character. …

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