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But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright. As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright.
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I also took Stage Combat, and I took a wonderful class in Theatre Styles where you'd do the Greeks and make your own mask.
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I did go on to write Crimes of the Heart, which is loosely based on Three Sisters.
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I did write a couple of original screenplays, but I'd rather write plays.
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I didn't really know how to get it to a producer or how to get it to an agent. Nobody's going to look at it unless it's a success.
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I don't want you looking restless.
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I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, really in suburbia, so my mother was in community theatre plays.
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I just loved being divorced from my own wretchedness.
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I love writing for the screen.
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I remember not knowing what a cue light was because I'd never worked in a production that was high class enough to have a cue light.
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I think I had a job in a children's theatre. I taught badly because I was into nihilism at the time and that's just not where you go with teaching.
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I think that people have to be able to see two sides of the coin to survive because it is a racist society and yet you're being raised by racists.
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I tried to start a theatre in LA and failed miserably, but I was probably not meant to raise money.
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I was just restless with being in school; so I went out to Los Angeles.
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I wrote a play called Am I Blue, which is about a young guy who's very straight and his fraternity's sending him to a whorehouse on his eighteenth birthday and he's a virgin.
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I wrote a play in sixth grade called Swing High, Swing Low. It was about Dolly, a girl who lives in the suburbs and goes to New York to be an artist.
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I'm always happy to have written anything because it's kind of a mark of who you were at the time if it's even vaguely honest-though you could never redo it.
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I'm very into the first production of the show.
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I've always emotionally tried to detach myself from my screenwriting and just love doing it, enjoy doing it, and I try to do adaptations.
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In movement class, you had to lie on the floor and get your alignment in to pass the class.
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It took a long time for Crimes of the Heart to get on. It was done in Louisville and in Baltimore, and then in St. Louis.
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It was kind of enlightening to become a playwright.
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It's called Sisters of the Winter Madrigal. It was interesting for me to see it done after so many years; because I wrote it and I didn't realize what a rage I was in.
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It's really interesting that whenever you do something that is so out of character, like having an emotional outburst, that you don't get in trouble.
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My fault now is making my plays too short.
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My first few plays took place in the South and even The Lucky Spot was in the thirties but in Louisiana.
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Part of that is that New York has proved to be too much fun for me to live and work; I love New York so much.
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Plays are so much more special if they've never ever had a production, but I think you can really work on a play and make it better with each production.
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Some really good things kind of swing both ways and I like to see people that can swing really, really, really sad and horrible and terrible and really, really, ; really beautiful and funny.
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Somehow I got to be one of five or six actors that the directors would use as guinea pigs at this directing colloquium, where people pay to listen to and watch the directors direct.
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That was always my inclination, to start on a new play before the other one gets done, because at least you'll have something to go back to if that play gets trashed.
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The class I liked the best, that I think helped me the most, was my movement class because when I got out of high school, I was very hunched over.
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The impetus behind going to graduate school was a year after graduating from college spent in Dallas working at the dog food factory and Bank America and not having met success in my chosen field, which at that point was being an actress.
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The most glorious thing about working in the collaborative art is when you have somebody like Susan Kingsley or Kathy Bates who are better than your play.
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The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school. It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel, Mississippi.
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Then I went off to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. They had a really wonderful theatre department.
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Then, when I was a senior in high school, I was kind of bereft and she put me in an acting class.
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What I loved about the acting class was that you got to think all day long about a person that wasn't you, and figure out why they were sad and what they wanted, what they dreamed.
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When I went to Louisville, I had started on a new play, The Miss Firecracker Contest.
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When we were doing Control Freaks, it was all about being out of control in rehearsals and then doing a play that is so utterly controlled.
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Yes, you have actors that are all over the board in how they've been trained and what they like and what they are used to or how they perform best.
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You can't just go in there and open your mouth until the cast and director feel comfortable with you.
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