By Arvid F. Sponberg
This is often the 1st full-length examine dedicated to the paintings of A.R. Gurney, an immense modern American playwright who has written over thirty performs, together with Love Letters. This quantity brings jointly unique interviews with Gurney and 4 actors and a director who've labored heavily with him, in addition to essays through prime theater students at the variety of Gurney's paintings.
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The undramatic characters, keep them off. AFS: We’ve already alluded to your use of mythical characters, mythical stories to create the sense of community, but you also blend eras. I’m thinking particularly of The Comeback and also the novel The Gospel According to Joe, where you retell the story in a modern idiom. In The Comeback, we are at a cocktail party when Ulysses comes home and there’s a television crew out in front, and this whole event which most of us knew only from Homer’s lines now takes on flesh and blood in a postmodern format, and Golden Fleece involves the visit to Jason in a motel room where there’s a luscious babe.
GURNEY: It’s hard to talk about the creative process, to know what’s going on. The older I get, the more I’m puzzled and perplexed by it, the more I’m terrified, for example, of losing what I’m in the process of writing, because there’s no way of retrieving it. Sometimes a very good scene I’ve written, I come back to it the next day and I’ve forgotten I’d written it because the creative mode is so different from the rational, ordinary mode. So it’s hard for me to talk about the creative process.
I had seen her recently in Woman in Mind, the Ayckbourn play. She was just splendid in that. Anyway, we had the first reading and from then through all the performances I did with her, we had a growing, deepening understanding of each other. I sensed perhaps more than with anyone else… I just knew… One knew what the other was thinking and doing. And that’s very unusual. Our rhythms are the same, our sense of the language. ” when the English language and Olivier just put my hair on end. That’s always been very important to me.