A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights

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ROBERT ANDERSON

Robert Anderson has been one of the major voices of the Broadway stage since World War II. His first staged play was Hour Town, produced in 1938 while Anderson was at Harvard. This show was followed by Come Marching Home ( 1945), The Eden Rose ( 1949), Love Revisited ( 1951), and All Summer Long ( 1952) -- all first staged either off-Broadway or in regional theaters. His first major success in the theater was Tea and Sympathy, which was staged on Broadway in 1953. Silent Night, Lonely Night appeared in New York in 1959. The Days Between was staged in Dallas in 1965 and in New York in 1979. You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running was a major success of the Broadway season of 1967, followed the next year by I Never Sang for My Father. Solitaire/Double Solitaire appeared on Broadway in 1971, followed by Free and Clear in 1983 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn.

Anderson's screenplays include: Tea and Sympathy ( 1956), Until They Sail ( 1957), The Nun's Story ( 1959), The Sand Pebbles ( 1966), and I Never Sang for My Father ( 1970). His radio and television adaptations include David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Vanity Fair, The Glass Menagerie, Trilby, The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, The Petrified Forest, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Farewell to Arms, Summer and Smoke, Arrowsmith, and The Patricia Neal Story. Anderson has also written two novels: After ( 1973) and Getting Up and Going Home ( 1978).

DiGaetani: What is your reaction to the terms "modernism" and "postmodernism"?

Anderson: I'm uncomfortable with these pigeonholes. When I'm writing plays, I never know whether what I am writing is "modernism" or "postmodernism," nor do I care. I know I myself have always been accused of writing well-made plays, though my subject matter has often been "daring." Certainly Tea and Sympathy was a traditionally wellmade play, though none of mine since then has been. I Never Sang for MyFather

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  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Robert Anderson 1
  • Alan Ayckbourn 15
  • Eric Bentley 27
  • Ed Bullins 39
  • Mart Crowley 47
  • Jules Feiffer 55
  • Horton Foote 65
  • Michael Frayn 73
  • Larry Gelbart 83
  • Amlin Gray 91
  • Simon Gray 97
  • John Guare 105
  • A. R. Gurney 113
  • ChriS+̄topher Hampton 121
  • William M. Hoffman 133
  • Israel Horovitz 139
  • Tina Howe 149
  • David Henry Hwang 161
  • Albert Innaurato 175
  • David Ives 183
  • Barrie Keeffe 191
  • Romulus Linney 199
  • Craig Lucas 211
  • Terrence Mcnally 219
  • Adrian Mitchell 229
  • Richard Nelson 237
  • Marsha Norman 245
  • Eric Overmyer 253
  • David Storey 259
  • Timberlake Wertenbaker 265
  • August Wilson 275
  • Lanford Wilson 285
  • Paul Zindel 295
  • Bibliography 305
  • Index 309
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