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Playwright Quotes

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It's a very tough time for the playwright.
Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park
with all these long-running shows.
- John Lithgow

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.
- Beth Henley

Yes, I am a failed playwright.
I had three shows on Broadway by the time I was 30.
They all flopped, and I fled.
- William Goldman

You can't make a living as a playwright.
You can barely scrape by.
- Sam Shepard

 

One is just an interpreter of what the playwright thinks,
and therefore the greater the playwright,
the more satisfying it is to act in the plays.
- Vivien Leigh

I really believe that studying organization,
even in the form of studying detective story organization,
is very, very valuable for a playwright,
a budding playwright.
- Peter Shaffer

I think a playwright realizes after he finishes working
on the script that this is only the beginning.
What will happen when it moves into three dimensions?
- Don DeLillo

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I am a better novelist than a poet, playwright,
or essayist.
- Jose Saramago

I pray to be of service to the playwright,
the audience, the other actors and my character.
- Lusia Strus

I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright,
all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress.
- Laura Linney

A playwright lives in an occupied country.
And if you can't live that way you don't stay.
- Arthur Miller

It was kind of enlightening to become a playwright.
- Beth Henley

A conventional playwright tries to tell you more about
the characters than they know about themselves.
- Timothy West

I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was
interested in stories and telling stories.
- Francis Ford Coppola

A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright
by informing him what he meant.
- Wilson Mizner

If it's stage, the two most important artists are the
actor and the playwright.
If it's film, THE most important person is the director.
The director says where the camera goes.
- Brad Dourif

I was a writer.
I just wasn't a very good one.
I was lucky enough to have a playwriting teacher who
told me that I'd be a better actor than I would a playwright.
- Liev Schreiber

Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your
child grows up to be a playwright or poet.
Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier
about your children's future.
- Mark Helprin

A playwright must be his own audience.
A novelist may lose his readers for a few pages;
a playwright never dares lose his audience for a minute.
- Terence Rattigan

An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut.
- George Jean Nathan

Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare.
He's the greatest playwright in the English language,
but his politics are fairly square.
- Alex Cox

The mission of the playwright is to look in his heart and write,
to write whatever concerns him at the moment;
to write with passion and conviction.
Of course the measure of the man will be the measure of the play.
- Robert Anderson

It is very, very difficult for a playwright to write
a scene in which a young man has his first deep experience
of sex with a girl whom he found immensely attractive,
is fully satisfied by this event and gets up and blinds a lot of horses.
- Peter Shaffer

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor;
the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright;
the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization
and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature.
- George P. Baker

I fell into playwriting accidentally,
took some classes in it, and also took creative writing classes,
but I really didn't expect it to be a career because
I didn't believe there was a way to make money as a
playwright without being lucky and I didn't feel particularly lucky.
- Orson Scott Card

The classical writers...
playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights,
all showed areas of all classes and how they live and
painted them pretty authentically.
- Timothy West

The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always
larger than the experiences of even the best actors.
- Stella Adler

All playwrights should be dead for three hundred years.
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz

By increasing the size of the keyhole,
today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door.
- Peter Ustinov

I had the training at drama school where I studied
Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period
historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material.
- Orlando Bloom

Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a
month in an Indian restaurant.
After eating curry night after night,
they deny the existence of asparagus.
- Peter Ustinov

As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe
for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
- Ethel Merman

I realized that I wanted to play characters and do traditional theatre.
I wanted to make believe again.
I like putting on a costume and pretending to be someone else for a few hours,
and I have a great respect for playwrights.
- Lusia Strus

San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts,
nurturing generations of painters, sculptors,
poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers,
and performing artists and innovators of every kind.
- Gavin Newsom

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
- Kin Hubbard

It has been shown that, in contrast to everything which
classical national economy has hitherto taught,
not the producer but the consumer is the ruling factor in economic life.
- Hjalmar Schacht

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel,
a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
- Cyril Connolly

I listen to classical music very much.
There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.
- Lee Konitz

I wanted to make a classical piece that was actually designed to be a CD,
not designed for performance.
- Anne Dudley

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or
can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.
- George Orwell

When I began competing with the other artists in New York,
I discovered classical North Indian music.
- Henry Flynt

It was the early days of Rock 'n' Roll in this country.
We were all struggling to learn music,
it might be Country, Jazz, Classical,
Blues or even Rock 'n' Roll.
- Jim Sullivan

By then, I was making the slow transition from classical
biochemistry to molecular biology and becoming increasingly
preoccupied with how genes act and how proteins are made.
- Paul Berg

I play piano and guitar.
Acoustic guitar.
I tried studying classical guitar when I was 16 but it got really hard.
I could never play a lead to save my life.
- Kip Winger

Much of Indian science seems intuitive and not bound
by the rigid thinking of classical scientists.
- Roland Joffe

Obviously classical music tends to be stuff that is
usually at least a hundred years old.
- Steve Hackett

When I was younger, studying classical music,
I really had to put in the time.
Three hours a day is not even nice -
you have to put in six.
- Alicia Keys

Music has always been transnational;
people pick up whatever interests them,
and certainly a lot of classical music has absorbed
influences from all over the world.
- Yo-Yo Ma

The classical example of a successful research programme
is Newton's gravitational theory:
possibly the most successful research programme ever.
- Imre Lakatos

When I was a young musician, the only option available
to pursue secondary education in music was to attend
a classical conservatory.
- Billy Joel

All the classical genres are now ridiculous in their rigorous purity.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I trained as a classical guitarist but that was it.
- Colin Greenwood

I think it's very important to maintain the classical
Christian distinction between the Creator and creation.
- John Polkinghorne

We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema -
some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.
- Boris Spassky

Sharon went on to play classical but we actually went
into totally different instruments which was lucky
for the band because otherwise we'd all be playing the same thing!!
- Caroline Corr

The difference between religion and morality lies simply
in the classical division of things into the divine and the human,
if one only interprets this correctly.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical
or punk or rock or even slightly metal,
that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration.
- Ben Harper

I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater,
or the contemporary theater, or musical theater,
or the thing that we call opera.
- Trevor Nunn

Live action writers will give you a structure,
but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation
is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
- Ralph Bakshi

Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

I would have to say I might do some stuff,
but it's the film that's appealing.
I was raised on film.
My musical experience is all via film,
it's not from classical music.
- Danny Elfman

Yes, I tried to change the classical style in a way
that people who don't understand it can enjoy.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan

I don't know if it's a sign of all the chaos that is
happening out there or not,
but I've lately craved the structure and order of classical music,
the balance and symmetry.
- Helen Reddy

Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance;
beautiful in its way,
but incapable of growth.
- Harold MacMillan

Now that rock is turning 50, it's become classical in itself.
It's interesting to see that development.
- Bjork

I think any classical training in the theatre is of enormous value.
- Vivien Leigh

I did extensive, extensive recordings and made a classical CD-ROM set,
which is still on the market.
For ten years, it was by itself as the cream of the crop of samples.
- Miroslav Vitous

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence,
with bravery and mercy.
- Theodore White

Then I started listenin' a lot to classical composers.
Piano works.
Just to see what they were doin'.
That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in.
- Mose Allison

I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection
that might surprise people.
I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
- Brad Paisley

Even the most jingoistic person would have to admit
that even American cultural music comes from Europe.
That's what classical music is, real European music.
- Sonny Rollins


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