Life-Changing Plays

PlayBlog   Life-Changing Plays
 
playthatchangedblog200Interested to learn what plays influenced such noted theatre writers as Jon Robin Baitz, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Horton Foote, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks and John Patrick Shanley?


If so, be sure to pick up a copy of the new Applause Theatre & Cinema book, "The American Theatre Wing presents The Play That Changed My Life: America’s Foremost Playwrights on the Plays that Influenced Them," which is due in October 2009.

Featuring an introduction by Paula Vogel, the 224-page paperback boasts essays from 19 playwrights. Ben Hodges is the editor.

A preview . . . Edward Albee was influenced by a 1935 visit to New York’s Hippodrome Theatre to see Jimmy Durante (and an elephant) in Rodgers and Hart’s Jumbo ; Diana Son recalls her twelfth-grade field trip in 1983 to see Diane Venora play Hamlet at The Public Theater; David Henry Hwang was influenced by a San Francisco production of Equus; and Beth Henley’s epiphany was seeing her mother in a “Green Bean Man costume."

Today’s Most Popular News:
 X

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting playbill.com with your ad blocker.
Thank you!