A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights

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TIMBERLAKE WERTENBAKER

Timberlake Wertenbaker's first play, This Is No Place for Tallulah Bankhead, was produced in London in 1978. Her next play, The Third, was staged in London in 1980, the same year as Second Sentence and Case to Answer. Breaking Through was also produced in London in 1980, followed the next year by New Anatomies. Both Inside Out and Home Leave appeared in 1982. She next translated Marivaux False Admissions, and this translation was staged in London in 1983; that same year she translated Marivaux Successful Strategies. Abel Sister appeared in London in 1984 and in New York the next year. The Grace of Mary Traverse premiered in London in 1985. Wertenbaker's translation of Anouilh Leocadia was broadcast that same year. She also adapted Mephisto, a play by Ariane Mnouchkine based on the novel by Klaus Mann. Her play Our Country's Good was first staged in London in 1988, and The Love of the Nightingale appeared the next year. Our Country's Good was also staged on Broadway in 1991 and won a Tony Award nomination.

Wertenbaker has been writer in residence at the Royal Court Theater and has received an Arts Council of Great Britain grant and a Plays and Players Magazine Award. In 1988 she won both the Evening Standard Award and the Olivier Award for Playwriting; in 1989 she won the Eileen Anderson Award.

DiGaetani: I'm intrigued by your name. How did you get such an interesting name as Timberlake Wertenbaker?

Wertenbaker: It was given to me by my parents. It was their idea -- my greatgrandmother was named Timberlake and I was named after her.

DiGietani: But you're American by birth.

Wertenbaker: French-American, actually, and I was educated in France. I think of myself as a European now, though I've lived here in London for a long time. I'm also English and I'm very comfortable here in London, and the theater of course is very good here.

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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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