Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.
Things rust, you know, like the heart. My cardiologist said, 'It's a pump; use it - that's the sole advice I've got to give you.' It's the same in playwriting. Don't theorise about it. Do it.
In London, 'Equus' caused a sensation because it displayed cruelty to horses; in New York, because it allegedly displayed cruelty to psychiatrists.
I was an accomplice in my own frustration.
Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it.
Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created.
We... our war began September the 3rd 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany, and thereafter the great state of danger in England at that time, with the bombings, necessitated the evacuation of children.
I think people nowadays do tend to blame their parents for everything.
Black Comedy is a farce that is played in the dark, as you know, with the lights full on. It's the Chinese convention of reversing light and dark, and exactly where anybody is at any given moment is the play.
Art and literature are my surrogate religions.
If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
Our function as playwrights to some extent is to make audiences see with their ears, because films make us see with our eyes much better.
Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh. Publishing a play is reversing the process.
The rhetoric is the key to the character. It's the verbal music of the piece.
Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching, stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about. That's not love, it's just rubbish.
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