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Jeffrey Sweet

What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing

Yale University Press

Playwright Sweet compiled this collection of his interviews with 18 American and British playwrights, ranging from the late Edward Albee to the (also) late Lanford Wilson, with Christopher Durang, Marsha Norman, David Hare, A.R. Gurney and others alive in between. Though their political views are similar, their backgrounds, styles and approaches to the craft vary widely. Especially interesting was their comparison between British and American playwriting—the Brits apparently write “state of the nation” plays, while American playwrights rely on the family to supply artistic and social metaphors. The more play titles I recalled, the more true that seemed.

– Bruce Collier


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