By Arvid F. Sponberg

ISBN-10: 0415929989

ISBN-13: 9780415929981

This can be the 1st full-length examine dedicated to the artwork of A.R. Gurney, a huge modern American playwright who has written over thirty performs, together with Love Letters. This quantity brings jointly unique interviews with Gurney and 4 actors and a director who've labored heavily with him, in addition to essays by means of top theater students at the variety of Gurney's paintings.

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I came from that world. I’m trying to live. I’m trying to be real in a world where those values are under question, so it’s not simply that it’s an amusing undertaking for me. In order to live I have to write these plays, in order to live with myself. I live these problems every day. But just as I see the decline and decay of values that were once instilled in me as ultimately important, and [of] a way of life [that], I thought, when I was growing up, was nonnegotiable, so do I see the theater itself under increasing pressure.

How clever I am. That’s the trap. Some writers do it, and do it well enough so you get both the power of the old story and the modern version. If you do it right. For instance Shakespeare in Troilus and Cressida comes close to doing it very interestingly. His audiences knew enough about Homer to know that he was doing a riff on Homer. He wasn’t just trying to redo the thing in that way. It’s always interested me. Anouilh loves to tell those old stories in new ways. AFS: His Antigone, in its historical situation.

For instance, we did a lot of work with Northrop Frye when we talked about Shakespeare. I remember that was always helpful. I remember the discussions of the “green world” comedy when we were talking about The Merchant of Venice or Twelfth Night. So it was a broad course, but I always enjoyed it and I think the students did. AFS: As you continued working on your own plays, did you find reflections and conversations in the classroom infiltrating your work? GURNEY: Not really. I’ve always tried to turn off the academic side of myself when I’m writing.

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