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Ensemble is hard to do.
by Eric Bogosian

Ensemble is hard to do.
It's like 3-D chess.
- Eric Bogosian

I write, but I also act.
- Eric Bogosian

For a long time, my shows were about people walking
out or about getting my gigs canceled or having the
presenter not wanting to pay me.
- Eric Bogosian

If we all knew we were going to live to be 150 years old,
we'd all approach our lives very differently.
- Eric Bogosian


If all I ever wrote about was inner city freaks,
I think it would be dishonest.
- Eric Bogosian

I'm not hip, I'm not cool, I'm not glib.
- Eric Bogosian

I was definitely surprised when Talk Radio took off as a play.
As a film it has become somewhere between a popular thing and a cult thing.
- Eric Bogosian

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I'm not a light-hearted person, so I can't think light-hearted at work.
- Eric Bogosian

It's a mental fake-out to myself.
I make believe I'm making a new show so I forget the
material I was working on and make up some fresh material.
- Eric Bogosian

I started acting when I was in high school,
started writing when I got to New York in 1975.
- Eric Bogosian

I don't know anybody who does what I do.
I'm very underground.
- Eric Bogosian

I'm very underground.
- Eric Bogosian

I provide the bricks and mortar with the words and situations -
the director and the actors and the designers build the house.
- Eric Bogosian

I love playing other people's work.
I love acting.
- Eric Bogosian

I write my plays to create an excuse for full-tilt acting and performing.
- Eric Bogosian

I'm always surprised by things that happen to my work.
- Eric Bogosian

As soon as the dirt is hitting the casket,
it'll all be forgotten.
- Eric Bogosian

Well, the real Eric Bogosian is pretty self-conscious of himself.
- Eric Bogosian

I know that I'm inadequate, but I never thought that at seventeen.
I thought I was doing the best I could.
I thought I was being idealistic.
- Eric Bogosian

If you say city to people, people have no problem thinking
of the city as rife with problematic,
screwed-up people, but if you say suburbs -
and I'm not the first person to say this,
it's been said over and over again in literature -
there's a sense of normalcy.
- Eric Bogosian

I write for an audience that likes what I like,
reads what I read, thinks about the things I think about.
In many ways, this puts me in opposition to the people
who go to the theater generally.
- Eric Bogosian

I do write about people who are complex and are striving
with something and can't quite get past their own stuff,
which would be a proxy for myself because that's what the deal is with me.
- Eric Bogosian

The world intrudes in my brain daily.
Since my brain is dripping with all kinds of stuff
that's out there in the world,
that I can't seem to be able to shut out,
it has to end up being in my work as well.
- Eric Bogosian

It's really nice to pass the ball when you're in an ensemble cast.
- Elisabeth Rohm

The Emmy should be an ensemble award,
I kept howling at everyone else's performances.
- Jeffrey Tambor

I can imagine wanting to work with this ensemble and this company always.
- James Levine

Yeah, I love doing ensemble pieces.
You get to meet so many new people and make new friends.
- Devon Sawa

Hill Street Blues gave me an opportunity to work with
an ensemble cast of people whose work I admired.
- Steven Bochco

If you've only got one horn playing,
I still want the sense of ensemble.
- Gerry Mulligan

The toute ensemble was such as to make polished society blush,
when compared with these savages.
- Zebulon Pike

I hadn't done just a straight-out comedy in a long time,
just letting an ensemble do really good character acting,
having them carry the movie as in my earlier pictures.
- Brian De Palma

If we were all determined to play the first violin
we should never have an ensemble.
therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
- Robert Schumann

I learn so much more in an ensemble movie.
- Ryan Phillippe

It took me a long time to reach the decision to retire,
actually, from the Art Ensemble.
- Joseph Jarman

It is not together, but the ensemble is perfect.
- Eugene Ormandy

One of the ingredients that made Cheers work so well
was the great ensemble of actors we had.
That's the case with any good series.
- Ted Danson

I would act whether or not I was paid.
I would be involved in ensemble groups.
I would have the desire to tell stories.
- Brendan Fraser

The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.
It's got five or six people, new show every night,
same players.
Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.
- Michael J. Fox

I don't have the time to tell you all the things I've learned from this cast.
It's an extraordinary ensemble because we all support each other so well.
- David Hyde Pierce

I feel like Josh, Michelle and Adam were all team players,
who wanted to be a part of an ensemble.
- Adam Arkin

The architect should strive continually to simplify;
the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered
that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

But back to your question, it was a wonderful experience with the Art Ensemble,
and I keep in contact and sort of follow what's going on,
but it was also very important to make this step,
you may say this leap of faith.
- Joseph Jarman

It is the harmony of the diverse parts,
their symmetry, their happy balance;
in a word it is all that introduces order,
all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly
and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.
- Henri Poincare

It's more fun in a way to do ensemble scenes,
where you know your background, you know the scene,
but you can't prepare because someone else is going
to say something that is going to lead you off.
- Fred Willard

It was very much about performances,
the whole ensemble thing was just great -
everybody working together.
Sometimes it didn't feel like a film set.
It wasn't technically driven, it was very,
very enjoyable.
- Cillian Murphy

I was very pleased you know, and I was afraid that I might stick out,
but I didn't.
My happiest thing about that picture is that I proved
that American actors can speak as well and also fit
in with an ensemble like that.
- Rod Steiger

The large ensemble cast and the fact that it was being shot in New York,
combined with a lot of strong positive images as far
as African Americans are concerned,
really turned me on to The Best Man.
- Taye Diggs

I just have always felt that I think we know that it's an ensemble show,
and it's very hard to pick a show to submit when you're nominated,
because usually everyone has a very strong part in every episode.
- Patricia Heaton

Orchestra had a little brass ensemble on two tracks as well,
but the rest was me.
I knew I couldn't continue in this direction,
even if people liked it, because I can only duplicate myself.
- Eberhard Weber

When you have an acoustic bass in the ensemble it really
changes the dynamic of the record because it kind of
forces everybody to play with a greater degree of sensitivity
and nuance because it just has a different kind of
tone and spectrum than the electric bass.
- David Sanborn

Not with the Rochester Philharmonic,
but I formed my own orchestra,
made up of musicians from the Eastman School,
where I'm on the faculty now, direct the Jazz Ensemble
and teach improvisation classes.
- Chuck Mangione

Forget the image, forget the ensemble,
forget the rumours, forget the short skirts,
the big hair, whatever!
I owe this to the fans and I will never forget you
so I want to accept this award on behalf of all of you.
- Mariah Carey

Peter Hall was just organizing the Royal Shakespeare Company.
It was going to be an ensemble, it was going to be in repertory,
it was going to have a home in London as well as in the Midlands,
and all of those things were happening at that time.
- Trevor Nunn

The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part
of an ensemble rather than just a front man.
Don't get me wrong - I enjoy that too,
but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone.
- Damon Albarn

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Hard work pays off.
- Anonymous

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
- Khalil Gibran

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

In the world there is nothing more
submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong,
nothing can surpass it.
- Lao Tzu

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Philo

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard,"
I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
- Sydney Harris

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

It is awfully hard to be brave, when you're only a Very Small Animal.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

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