By Robert Simonson
09 Nov 2012
Though most of the world knows William Goldman as an Oscar-winning screenwriter ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "All The President's Men"), his name also carries some weight in theatre circles. This is due to "The Season," his probing, funny, biting and timeless blow-by-blow analysis of the 1967-68 Broadway season. A classic look at the theatre business, it has never been out of print and can be found in the library of almost every theatre fan and professional.
Few who have enjoyed that book, however, have ever seen a William Goldman play — or knew that he had even written one. Back in the early '60s, Goldman saw two of his efforts produced on Broadway: Blood, Sweat and Henry Poole, a play, and the musical A Family Affair. Each ran a couple months. Goldman hasn't attempted to write for the theatre since — until now.
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It had never occurred to Goldman that the book or his screenplay — much of which takes place inside four walls — would make a good play. "Never. Never thought it might make a play," he told Playbill.com. "I was involved in the theatre 100-some-odd years ago and it was very painful. Doing something like this is not something that every crossed my mind."
That said, he did not require much convincing when the folks at Warner Brothers and Castle Rock came calling.
"WB Theatre Ventures and our producing partners, Castle Rock Entertainment, talked about bringing our version of Misery to the stage years ago," explained Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures executive vice president Raymond Wu in an email. "Soon after, we partnered with Bill Goldman and Will Frears and are ecstatic that we are on the road to our collective goals for this piece coming true."
When they approached Bill Goldman about it, said Wu, "we had a terrific discussion about the stage adaptation. We were thrilled that he was as excited as we were about this project. His screenplay for the film adaptation is so iconic and we all knew he was the right person to take Misery to the stage."Continued...