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This edition: Playwright/Director (Winter 1986)

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 1, 1986.

The Playscript/Director panelists - Long Wharf Theatre artistic director Arvin Brown, playwright Howard Fast (Citizen Tom Paine), director/dramaturg Susan Gregg, playwright Israel Horovitz (Today, I Am A Fountain Pen), director Wilford Leach (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), playwright Leslie Lee (The War Party), playwright John Pielmeier (Agnes of God), and director Jim Simpson (Citizen Tom Paine) - compare directing with the director's concept versus collaborating with the playwright and their vision; different interpretations and approaches in directing the same play; how a new approach manifests and influences everything from casting to the final production; why pre-production is a hands-off period for directors; and how theatre differs from the mediums of novels and films.

Guest List

Arvin Brown Director

Howard Fast Writer

Susan Gregg

Israel Horovitz Actor

Wilford Leach Director

Leslie Lee Actress

John Pielmeier Writer

Jim Simpson Actor, The Flea Theater