A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights

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JOHN GUARE

John Guare's first major success was The House of Blue Leaves, which was staged in New York in 1971 and was very successfully redone at the Vivian Beaumont Theater of Lincoln Center in 1987. Two Gentlemen of Verona, Guare's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's play, appeared in 1971. Marco Polo Sings a Solo was first staged in 1976 and staged very successfully in New York the following year. Landscape of the Body appeared the following year in New York. In 1979 Bosoms and Neglect was first staged. Guare's Nantucket series followed: Lydie Breeze ( 1982), Gardenia ( 1982), and Women and Water ( 1984). The Talking Dog, a theatrical adaptation of a story by Chekhov, appeared in 1985. In 1990 Six Degrees of Separation had a muchacclaimed premiere at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center.

The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters awarded John Guare the Award of Merit in 1981 for his plays: The House of Blue Leaves, Rich and Famous, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Landscape of the Body, and Bosoms and Neglect. The House of Blue Leaves won the New York Drama Critics Circle Prize and the Village Voice Obie for Best Play in 1971, and then won four Tonys in the 1987 revival at Lincoln Center Theater. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona ( Tony Award, Best Musical 1971). His screenplay for Atlantic City won the Venice Film Festival Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. His play Six Degrees of Separation opened to great acclaim in 1990 at Lincoln Center. He is co-editor of the Lincoln Center New Theater Review, is a council member of the Dramatists Guild, and was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1989.

DiGaetani: Why do you write for the theater?

Guare: Writing for the theater is my way of working in the theater. If I couldn't write, I would sell orange juice. I did work years ago for the National Theater in Washington checking coats and selling orange juice -- that was my way then of working in the theater.

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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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