By Arvid F. Sponberg
This can be the 1st full-length learn dedicated to the artwork of A.R. Gurney, a massive 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 by way of best theater students at the variety of Gurney's paintings.
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I was a freshman in high school, I think. We were taken across the Hudson River to Vassar to see Laurence Olivier’s movie of Henry V, and I was just astounded by his performance in the title role. I still remember how the St. Crispin Day speech made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I had a kind of an aural awakening to Shakespeare’s poetry…. I grew up in a family where language was important. My mother was a writer, would-be writer. My grandparents, my father all derived great pleasure from words.
GURNEY: Communal aspects. Very much so. AFS: Because there’s so much out there in the way of other options for people— television, film—that attracts us all strongly but which does not strike to the heart of the community the way the theater can. So let’s be sure that we’re using what the theater does well as much as we can and as excellently as we can. GURNEY: Right. Absolutely. AFS: Could we put some definitions to the virtues that the theater strives to sustain beyond community. If community is the goal, what are the objectives that we achieve on the way to that goal.
You bring all those characters together and it’s a very public forum, although it’s a family meeting. Open Meeting and Bunny Stuntz occur in definite public meetings. The professor—I think you must have put more professors onstage than any American writer—who lives a semipublic life. Nothing is more intimate than teaching, in many ways, but it also occurs in this public kind of forum. GURNEY: That’s right. You have to play a role. You have to speak to a large audience. It tends to reflect the theater experience.
A.R. Gurney by Arvid F. Sponberg