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Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.
Amazingly
Because
Fail
Go
Happens
Large
Large number
Number
Opera
Things
Wrong
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.
Any
Could
Desired
Few
Happiness
Large
Large number
More
Number
Others
Own
Paradise
People
Than
I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
About
I Write
Mind
Out
Plays
Resolve
Root
Things
Try
Write
My parents took me to see plays, starting from when I was very little. Oftentimes, I was too young to understand. I don't know what my parents were thinking - 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' when I was eight years old, that kind of thing. So lots of times, I didn't understand what was going on, but I just loved the sound of dialogue.
Afraid
Dialogue
Eight
Going
Just
Kind
Know
Little
Lots
Loved
Me
Oftentimes
Old
Parents
I have all of the Apple products. Everything I've ever written, I've written on a Mac. My first computer, my roommates and I chipped in, and we got that first Macintosh - 128K. It had as much memory as a greeting card that plays music.
Apple
Card
Computer
Ever
Everything
First
Got
Greeting
Had
Mac
Macintosh
Memory
Much
Music
Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.
Childish
Dare
Deep
Dream
Err
Lies
Meaning
Often
Plays
Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.
Full
He
Man
Meaning
Meaning Of
Only
Plays
Word
I would rather listen to plays in the car than read them.
Car
Listen
Plays
Rather
Read
Than
Them
Would
A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
Cards
Carefully
Girl
Great
Her
Plain
Plays
Pretty
Pretty Girl
She
Social
Success
Success Is
Were
A statesman who confines himself to popular legislation - or, for the matter of that, a playwright who confines himself to popular plays - is like a blind man's dog who goes wherever the blind man pulls him, on the ground that both of them want to go to the same place.
Blind
Blind Man
Both
Confines
Dog
Go
Goes
Ground
Him
Himself
Legislation
Like
Man
Matter
What is the use of writing plays, what is the use of writing anything, if there is not a will which finally moulds chaos itself into a race of gods.
Anything
Chaos
Finally
Gods
Itself
Plays
Race
Use
Which
Will
Writing
We are not what we seem. We are more than what we seem. The actor knows that. And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself there's a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he's playing himself in his daily life, he's playing a part, he's performing, just as he's performing when he plays a part on stage.
Actor
Also
Because
Daily
Daily life
He
Hidden
Himself
His
Inside
Just
King
Knows
Life
In my mind, the plays I was writing were extreme examples of art for art's sake. I didn't necessarily think that other people would love them, though I thought they probably would.
Art
Examples
Extreme
Love
Mind
Necessarily
Other
People
Plays
Sake
Them
Think
Though
Thought
When I was first exposed to the films of Ingmar Bergman, I found them frank and disturbing portraits of the world we live in, but that was not something that displeased me. They were beautiful. I thought people would respond to my plays the way I responded to Bergman's films.
Beautiful
Bergman
Disturbing
Exposed
Films
First
Found
Frank
Live
Me
People
Plays
Portraits
Respond
My plays have been strange from the beginning, and they never got unstrange.
Been
Beginning
Got
Never
Plays
Strange
I don't see that many plays, and for me, musicals are rarely pleasing.
Many
Me
Musicals
Plays
Pleasing
Rarely
See
I probably have a higher opinion of my writing than the average person, at least when I'm in a good mood, but I don't really think of my plays as only being relevant to a particular month or year.
Average
Average person
Being
Good
Good mood
Higher
Least
Month
Mood
Only
Opinion
Particular
Person
Plays
From being a writer of plays, it was not that surprising that somebody thought of giving me a job as an actor. After I played one part, others came along.
Actor
After
Along
Being
Came
Giving
Job
Me
Others
Part
Played
Plays
Somebody
Surprising
When I was first starting to write plays, I quite literally had never heard of the idea of studying playwriting. I wouldn't have studied it even if I had heard of it.
Even
First
Had
Heard
Idea
Literally
Never
Plays
Quite
Starting
Studied
Studying
Write
I started writing plays in around 1967, and at a certain point, I thought, 'I'm writing plays, I should learn about acting and what it is.' So I went to the HB Studio in New York, and I was there for about nine months.
About
Acting
Around
Certain
Certain point
Learn
Months
New
New york
Nine
Nine months
Plays
Point
Should
Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.
Another
Artist
Cause
Color
Eyes
Hand
Harmonies
Key
Keyboard
Many
Piano
Plays
Soul
Strings
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.
Books
Company
Conversation
Decide
Development
Good
Good company
Good conversation
Good music
Happiest
Happiest people
Leisure
Love
Means
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
Acts
Ages
Being
Entrance
His
Man
Many
Men
Men and women
Merely
One-man
Parts
Players
Plays
Even when I'm writing plays I enjoy having company and mentally I think of that company as the company I'm writing for.
Company
Enjoy
Even
Having
I think
Mentally
Plays
Think
Writing
I began writing early - very, very early... I was already writing short stories for the radio and selling poems to poetry and art festivals; I was involved in school plays; I wrote essays, so there was no definite moment when I said, 'Now I'm a writer.' I've always been a writer.
Always
Art
Been
Began
Definite
Early
Essays
Festivals
Involved
Moment
Now
Plays
Poems
Poetry
When I write plays, I'm already seeing the shapes on stage, of the actors and their interaction, and so on and so forth. I don't think I've ever written one play as an abstract piece, as a literary piece, floating in the air somewhere, to be flushed out later on.
Abstract
Actor
Air
Ever
Floating
Forth
I write
Interaction
Later
Literary
Out
Piece
Play
Plays
I've always written plays for the purpose of getting something out of my system.
Always
Getting
Out
Plays
Purpose
Something
System
Written
I write plays about big, intense subjects.
About
Big
I write
Intense
Plays
Subjects
Write
Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along.
Along
Been
Chess
Dice
Fate
Find
Gods
He
Late
Most
Out
Playing
Plays
Queens
Well, all the plays that I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from.
Audience
Away
Could
Emotion
Grab
Observe
Plays
Presenting
Rather
Release
Than
Them
Throat
Trying
Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
Actor
Blank
Certainly
Checks
Directors
Like
Many
Mine
Own
Plays
Put
Them
I can't think of a single one of my plays that does not represent a coincidence between an external and an internal event. Something outside of me, outside even my own life, something I read in a newspaper or witness on the street, something I see or hear, fascinates me. I see it for its dramatic potential.
Between
Coincidence
Does
Dramatic
Even
Event
External
Fascinates
Hear
I see
Internal
Life
Me
My own
You'll see that the strong, the affirmative, the positive voice in any of the plays I've written is that of a woman. My men are, well, not quite worthless, but they are certainly weak, and that reflects the reality I grew up with and what I think has in a sense shaped me.
Affirmative
Any
Certainly
Grew
I think
Me
Men
Plays
Positive
Quite
Reality
Reflects
See
Sense
I'm always in disguise in one form or another in my plays.
Always
Another
Disguise
Form
Plays
Jazz in itself is not struggling. That is, the music itself is not struggling... It's the attitude that's in trouble. My plays insist that we should not forget or toss away our history.
Attitude
Away
Forget
History
Insist
Itself
Jazz
Music
Our
Plays
Should
Struggling
Toss
Trouble
I think all in all, one thing a lot of plays seem to be saying is that we need to, as black Americans, to make a connection with our past in order to determine the kind of future we're going to have. In other words, we simply need to know who we are in relation to our historical presence in America.
America
American
Black
Black americans
Connection
Determine
Future
Going
Historical
I think
In other words
Kind
Know
Lot
From Borges, those wonderful gaucho stories from which I learned that you can be specific as to a time and place and culture and still have the work resonate with the universal themes of love, honor, duty, betrayal, etc. From Amiri Baraka, I learned that all art is political, although I don't write political plays.
Although
Art
Betrayal
Culture
Duty
Etc
Honor
Learned
Love
Place
Plays
Political
Resonate
Specific
I once wrote a short story called 'The Best Blues Singer in the World,' and it went like this: 'The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning.' End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I've been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story.
Again
Been
Best
Blues
Drowning
Else
End
His
Like
Nothing
Ocean
Once
Over
Own
I've seen some terrible plays, but I generally enjoy myself. One play I walked out of, I have a tremendous respect for the author. That was Robert Wilson, something called 'Network,' which consisted of Wilson sitting on a bunk, the dialogue of the movie 'Network' looped in while a chair on a rope went up and down.
Author
Bunk
Chair
Dialogue
Down
Enjoy
Generally
Movie
Myself
Network
Out
Play
Plays
Respect
Scripts were rather scarce in 1968. We did a lot of Amiri Baraka's plays, the agitprop stuff he was writing. It was at a time when black student organizations were active on the campuses, so we were invited to the colleges around Pittsburgh and Ohio, and even as far away as Jackson, Mississippi.
Active
Around
Away
Black
Colleges
Did
Even
Far
Far away
He
Invited
Jackson
Lot
Mississippi
My plays are ultimately about love, honor, duty, betrayal.
About
Betrayal
Duty
Honor
Love
Plays
Ultimately
Blues is the bedrock of everything I do. All the characters in my plays, their ideas and attitudes, the stance they adopt in the world, are all ideas and attitudes that are expressed in the blues.
Adopt
Attitudes
Bedrock
Blues
Characters
Everything
Expressed
Ideas
Plays
Stance
World
I write plays because writing dialogue is the only respectable way of contradicting yourself. I put a position, rebut it, refute the rebuttal, and rebut the refutation.
Because
Dialogue
I write
Only
Plays
Position
Put
Refute
Respectable
Way
Write
Writing
Yourself
I'm so grateful to grab hold of something that wants to be a play. It doesn't happen very often. I don't have unwritten plays waiting for their turn.
Grab
Grateful
Happen
Hold
Often
Play
Plays
Something
Turn
Unwritten
Very
Waiting
Wants
I don't keep a diary and I throw away nearly all the paper I might have kept. I don't keep an archive. There's something worrying about my make-up that I try to leave no trace of myself apart from my plays.
About
Apart
Away
Diary
Keep
Kept
Leave
Might
Myself
Nearly
Paper
Plays
Something
Throw
I'm aware of my old plays and occasionally think about them, but I'm much more anxious about finding the next play.
About
Anxious
Aware
Finding
More
Much
Next
Occasionally
Old
Play
Plays
Them
Think
I'm not a theoretician about playwriting, but I have a strong sense that plays have to be pitched - the scene, the line, the word - at the exact point where the audience has just the right amount of information. It's like Occam's razor.
About
Amount
Audience
Exact
Information
Just
Like
Line
Plays
Point
Razor
Right
Scene
Sense
I don't want to come over as some boringly self-deprecating person. But I don't see myself as a groundbreaking writer in the way plays are structured.
Come
Myself
Over
Person
Plays
See
Self-deprecating
Some
Structured
Want
Way
Writer
You end up going to school plays quite a bit as a parent, there are a lot of kids who are doing the job as well as they can, but there's always one or two who seem much more at home in the world of impersonation.
Always
Bit
Doing
End
Going
Home
Job
Kids
Lot
More
Much
One or two
Parent
Plays
Everybody I know is writing plays twice a year. It's sort of making me feel I am not up to much.
Am
Everybody
Feel
I am
Know
Making
Me
Much
Plays
Sort
Twice
Up
Writing
Year