Born Monday 12 March 1928, died Friday 16 September 2016
Professions: Dramatist, Playwright
Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.
The difference between critics and audiences is that one is a group of humans and one is not.
The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.
If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic.
I swear, if you existed I'd divorce you.
Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.
What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.
Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality.
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect, I'm rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do.
One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.
American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.
A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.
I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are.