A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights

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BARRIE KEEFFE

Barrie Keeffe first play was Only a Game, produced in London in 1973. This was followed two years later by A Sight of Glory, also produced in London. His trilogy Gimme Shelter: Gem, Gotcha, and Getaway first appeared in 1975, the same year as his very successful My Girl. Scribes also appeared in that same year, and was staged in London the following year. In 1976 came Here Comes the Sun, the same year as his well-known trilogy Barbarians: Killing Time, Abide With Me, and In the City. Two new plays appeared in 1977: Up the Truncheon and A Mad World, My Masters, followed the next year by Frozen Assets. Sus premiered in 1979, an attack on the suspension laws in Britain at the time. His television play Heaven Scent was broadcast in 1979 as well. Next came Bastard Angel, produced in London in 1980, the same year as his Black Lear and She's So Modern. Keeffe musical Chorus Girls was produced in London in 1981, with music by Kinks singer-songwriter Ray Davies. The Long Good Friday, a screenplay, was filmed in 1984. Better Times appeared in 1985, and was staged in London that year. In 1988 came a new version of My Girl and in 1990 a musical Not Fade Away and a film noir drama for theater titled Wild Justice. Barrie Keeffe generally works out of the Theater Royal Stratford East in East London, where he is an associate writer and co-director of the company.

DiGaetani: I connect your plays with the theater of politics and social awareness -- particularly the problems of poverty and racism. Your fine plays reminded me of two playwrights, John Osborne and Bertolt Brecht.

Keeffe: While those writers have had major effects, I don't think all my plays are like that. What I try to do is give a voice to people whose voices are not normally heard in the theater. Both of the writers you mentioned have been big influences in my life and on my work, but I don't want to get into just one bag. I have written some comedies, and

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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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