Lanford Wilson's Influences Were Dickens, Williams, Behan, He Tells Playbill On-Line

News   Lanford Wilson's Influences Were Dickens, Williams, Behan, He Tells Playbill On-Line Burn This playwright Lanford Wilson, whose works are the focus of the current Signature Theatre Company season Off-Broadway, has surely influenced a younger generation of writers interested in human relationships, but who influenced Wilson over the years?

Burn This playwright Lanford Wilson, whose works are the focus of the current Signature Theatre Company season Off-Broadway, has surely influenced a younger generation of writers interested in human relationships, but who influenced Wilson over the years? "I think the biggest one, oddly enough, is [Charles] Dickens," Wilson said in the Sept. 17-21 Playbill On-Line Brief Encounter interview. "He just keeps pushing me because his characters are so far out that he's always a 'nudge' to say, 'Don't be so damn suburban.' And of course, Tennessee Williams. I was in plays by Tennessee; I was in The Glass Menagerie when I was in high school and you can't say those words without them penetrating you somewhere. And, one of the really early ones, before I'd written a play, I saw Brendan Behan's The Hostage. Stepping out of character and stepping out of the play and addressing the audience, hadn't even crossed my mind until I saw that play."

To view the entire interview click Brief Encounter.

— By Kenneth Jones