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All the dialogue on tape, and we'd play the tape in performance. Then I thought it'd be interesting if the actor's repeated what they heard on the tape, but at a slower speed, so we'd get a web of language.
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As I told you, from the time I was fifteen, I thought the theater was too much involved with actors trying to make the audience love them, being over emotional.
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Because at Yale, each year I was writing a play in a different style. Not that they demanded that, but I was searching as any young artist would be.
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Because even at the age of fifteen, I used to go see all the Broadway shows and feel that they were sentimental, that they were pandering to the audience and trying to manipulate the audience. I had no use for practically any of the shows that were hits.
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From that time through the time I was a New Dramatist, when I was something like twenty-two, I saw absolutely everything in New York. Absolutely everything.
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From the seventh through the twelfth grades, I probably designed and did a lot of the building for twenty or thirty productions.
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I acted in junior high in the junior high school group, and then when I got into senior high I was, you know, the main actor of the senior high school.
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I feel confused about the influence of a computerized society, where there's instant gratification at every level.
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I make theater for myself, and if someone else can derive some value from it, fine.
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I realized that I had to be honest about where I was, where I was coming from, and what I was trying to do.
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I used to go to theater a lot with my grandmother. She had a subscription to the Theater Guild; I used to go with her every Saturday afternoon.
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I was enchanted by the escape into that meticulous world that seemed real yet not... well, it seemed not real, but very detailed and meticulous, bizarre.
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I wrote an outline. I wrote a rough draft. And then I rewrote and rewrote and rewrote. And that's the way you were supposed to write plays.
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I'm there to make a kind of theatrical music that is desperately missing in my life. And if other people don't like it, I'm very unhappy, but I can't do anything about that.
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I've been trying to figure out for at least the last 10 years how to force myself into something more risky.
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If I wasn't in the theater, I would be a hermit.
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It's true, I don't like the real world.
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My play is the ultimate expression of my feeling of the twilight of Western civilization.
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My rule for staging for the first six years, at least, was to make the staging be an ex-ray of the text. Try to be as simple, to do as little as possible, and only to do what was really indicated in the text.
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Now we speak in telegram form, we write little e-mails, and we have everything at our fingertips, so we don't train ourselves to keep anything inside.
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Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi was having the actors stare right into the audience.
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One does not devote one's life in art to shock an audience.
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Quite the opposite. I might fall on my face, but I feel born again.
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So I decided to start writing plays, and went to Yale.
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Then when I was fifteen, fourteen, a friend of mine and I from Scarsdale used to come into New York every Saturday to see a matinee on Broadway.
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There is no work of art that has ever been made that is absolutely truthful about life.
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We live in a world in which everything's interpreted for us. I'm interested in creating a different experience.
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What really happened was one day I decided to write a new kind of play.
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When, at fifteen years of age, I started going every weekend to New York, the plays that I loved were always the weird plays.
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Which implies that the real issue in art is the audience's response. Now I claim that when I make things, I don't care about the audience's response, I'm making them for myself. But I'm making them for myself as audience, because I want to wake myself up.
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You know, actually, I went to Yale because I wanted to stay out of the army.
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You see, I thought of myself as making minimalist art like the music of Lamonte Young, or the paintings of Frank Stella.
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Opening night after party for the play 'Idiot Savant' by Richard Foreman, held at Forum night club

2009-11-03

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