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'What a thrilling book! I suppose it shouldn't surprise us that writers of great dialogue should also write great prose, but these writers most certainly do. By describing their own formative moments in a theatre, our best playwrights collectively define the transformative power of theatre itself. For years now, we've heard these men and women speak in the voices of their characters, up on stage. Here they regale us in voices that are passionate, personal, witty, and true: their own.' --John Lithgow

'Buy this wonderful book! It's a fascinating compendium of how, when, and where our most gifted playwrights fell under the magic spell of the theatre. A must for theatre lovers and a great gift for any young person who dreams of a life in the theatre.' --Sigourney Weaver

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"As someone whose career has consisted of interpreting the words of writers, I loved reading these essays. I was delighted and fascinated by each one of them. It should be required reading for anyone who is serious about the theatre." -- Glenn Close
"Nineteen first-rate playwrights are represented in this American Theatre Wing presentation. This treasury documents, in first-person accounts and interviews, what enticed them to the theatre in the first place, and I'm happy to say: collectively, they are unpretentious and breezy." --Hal Prince
"A brilliant and inspirational idea. Ask great playwrights to name the plays that were their inspiration. Their words then inspire us and they move on to write yet more inspirational plays. I think it's called, 'Win, Win'" --Lynn Redgrave
"Incredible! I loved reading it so much. This book made me laugh out loud. As a young actor at the start of my career, this book provided me with as much joy as it did inspiration." --Jonathan Groff
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557837406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557837400
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karl R. Schuck on July 1, 2010
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For those with an interest in the theatre, it's a great idea for a book. However, the essays are often thin, and many of them by playwrights I'm not familiar with.
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This book provides great insights into how some of Americas best playwrights were influenced to choose to write plays.
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Great book. I love the anecdotes. I love the interviews. I love the insights.
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