By Arvid F. Sponberg
This is often the 1st full-length learn dedicated to the paintings of A.R. Gurney, an important modern American playwright who has written over thirty performs, together with Love Letters. This quantity brings jointly unique interviews with Gurney and 4 actors and a director who've labored heavily with him, in addition to essays via major theater students at the diversity of Gurney's paintings.
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It doesn’t figure in the characterization, if you do specify. GURNEY: Roger [in The Fourth Wall] is a businessman. I think I do. Normally stockbrokers, lawyers. Richard Cory has a business. Yes, I don’t show many people in the workplace. That’s what I’m saying. Except for professors. That’s a workplace that I know pretty well. I don’t have many offices, with the possible exception of Richard Cory. I don’t have many scenes about men and work. I guess maybe there are a few in Scenes from American Life.
SPONBERG everything…style, costumes…and here was my first contemporary piece. And it was the first time I got interest from agents. Love in Buffalo was the first thing I did with Pete. Actually I’m trying to remember whether prior to that first time he and I were in a play together, I even got a picture of it somewhere…. AFS: Oh, do you? Of Pete acting Caesar and Cleopatra? It’s the Shaw play. CUNNINGHAM: He was a Roman soldier. The Dean had gotten all the play writing students to fill out crowd scenes, so he had some of the play wrights playing soldiers.
And when you have that, you’re already miles ahead. AFS: Tell me about your first meeting with Pete Gurney? And the first time you worked in a play of his? CUNNINGHAM: The first time I worked in a play of his was at Yale, which was Love in Buffalo, a musical. Nikos directed it and it was modern dress. I had done plays where I was in costume or in makeup or, you know, something other than myself—wearing a mask in some sense. There I was. As myself. A young man, not bearded and in tights. It was the first play I had done at Yale where I got interest from New York agents.