Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On Subverting Predictable Playwriting

“Where playwrights go wrong is writing a generic play. Most of these plays have a sofa from which the sofa speech is delivered which sums up the whole play. My play ‘The Left Glove’ had a sofa. The sofa comes out, with no one in it. It looks around and gets scared and one of the Something Nothing Dancers falls in love with the sofa and begins to stroke it. And the sofa gets very excited. And after a while the sofa goes away and there is no sofa speech. I can look at pictures of plays and know that they’re generic. One clear sign is the sofa.”

— Playwright Mac Wellman 

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