Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography

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CHAPTER III
PLAY-WRITING

WHEN we first planned our Theatre, there were very few plays to choose from, but our faith had no bounds and as the Irish proverb says, "When the time comes, the child comes."

The plays that I have cared for most all through, and for love of which I took up this work, are those verse ones by Mr. Yeats The Countess Cathleen with which we began, The Shadowy Waters, The King's Threshold, and the rest. They have sometimes seemed to go out of sight because the prose plays are easier to put on and to take from place to place; yet they will always be, if I have my way, a part of our year's work. I feel verse is more than any prose can be, the apex of the flame, the point of the diamond. The well-to-do people in our stalls sometimes say, "We have had enough of verse plays, give us comedy." But the people in the sixpenny places do not say they get too much of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Chapter I - THE THEATRE IN THE MAKING 1
  • Chapter II - THE BLESSING OF THE GENERATIONS 50
  • Chapter III - PLAY-WRITING 78
  • Chapter IV - THE FIGHT OVER "THE PLAYBOY" 109
  • Chapter V - SYNGE 119
  • Chapter VI - THE FIGHT WITH THE CASTLE 140
  • Chapter VII - "THE PLAYBOY" IN AMERICA 169
  • Appendices 259
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