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Playwright and Director (Working In The Theatre #101)


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The panelists – director Clinton Turner Davis (“Two Can Play”), playwright Herb Gardner (“I’m Not Rappaport”), playwright/lyricist Tom Jones (“The Fantasticks”), playwright Shirley Lauro (“Open Admissions”), lyricist/director Richard Maltby Jr. (“Song and Dance”), playwright Marsha Norman (“Night Mother”) and composer Harvey Schmidt (“The Fantasticks”) – discuss how a playwright chooses a director, the role of a playwright, how much structure is provided by the text, and the varying degrees of collaboration between director, playwright, and actor.

Originally taped – September, 1985

An acclaimed fixture on New York television and in the theatre community for 30 years, the American Theatre Wing’s “Working in the Theatre” offers an unprecedented forum for the meeting of theatrical minds.

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American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre documentary series features the most fascinating people on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. From Tony Awards® and Obie Awards® winning artists to the next generation of theatre makers, we capture theatre’s inner-workings, industry luminaries, and unique stories that surround important work.

American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards® and home of and the Obie Awards®: for more information visit https://americantheatrewing.org.


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