The American Theatre Wing Presents the Play That Changed My Life: Americas Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them (Applause Books)

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Synopsis: What was the play that changed your life? What was the play that inspired you, that showed you something entirely new, that was so thrilling or surprising, breathtaking or poignant, that you were never the same? Nineteen of today's most gifted playwrights respond in this most revealing and personal book published by Applause Books and presented by the American Theatre Wing, founder of The Tony Awards.

From Edward Albee's 1935 visit to New York's Hippodrome Theatre to see Jimmy Durante (and an elephant) in Rodgers and Hart's Jumbo, to Diana Son's twelfth-grade field trip in 1983 to see Diane Venora play Hamlet at The Public Theater, from David Henry Hwang's seminal San Francisco encounter with Equus to a young Beth Henley's epiphany after seeing her mother in a Green Bean Man costume, The Play That Changed My Life offers readers a unique peek into the theatrical influences of some of the nation's most important dramatists. The book is filled with tributes, memories, anecdotes and other insights that connect past to present and make this volume an instant must-have for anyone who adores the theatre. Also in the book are pieces by David Auburn, Jon Robin Baitz, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Charles Fuller, A. R. Gurney, Tina Howe, David Ives, Donald Margulies, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, John Patrick Shanley, Regina Taylor, and Doug Wright, as well as an introduction by Paula Vogel. All together, the playwrights featured here have won more than 40 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, Obies, and MacArthur genius grants.

From the Back Cover: "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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