A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights

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MART CROWLEY

Mart Crowley was the author of the first openly gay play on the New York stage, The Boys in the Band ( 1968). His play has been called the start of the gay liberation movement in drama, and the play was staged in London the following year. Crowley also wrote the very successful film adaptation of this play. His Remote Asylum was first staged in Los Angeles in 1970, A Breeze From the Gulf premiered in New York in 1973. In 1986 Crowley wrote a television play adaptation of James Kirkwood's novel There Must Be a Pony. Crowley has also done other writing for the theater, films, and television.

DiGaetani: Your play The Boys in the Band was considered quite revolutionary when it was first staged in 1968, often being called the play that began the gay theater movement. How do you feel about the play after twenty years?

Crowley: I don't really feel any differently about the play now than I did in 1968.

DiGaetani: Some have criticized the play as dated and said that it presents a very negative view of gay people. Would you agree with that? I was thinking especially of that notorious line: "You show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a gay corpse."

Crowley: I feel that the play portrays a group of homosexuals and their attitudes during that period. I don't feel the play is totally negative. Certainly that line is very negative, but that line reflects the despair and homophobia of the character who speaks it. I don't feel that line summarizes the whole play. I don't feel that character is representative of an entire society but merely of his own feelings. There are other characters in the play who are very positive, who are very supportive of each other, and who are comfortable with their gay lifestyle and their psychosexual orientation. I was thinking especially of the pair of lovers in the play, Hank and Larry, who have problems, make compromises,

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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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