One does not devote one's life in art to shock an audience.
I was enchanted by the escape into that meticulous world that seemed real yet not... well, it seemed not real, but very detailed and meticulous, bizarre.
So I decided to start writing plays, and went to Yale.
There is no work of art that has ever been made that is absolutely truthful about life.
If I wasn't in the theater, I would be a hermit.
It's true, I don't like the real world.
All the dialogue on tape, and we'd play the tape in performance. Then I thought it'd be interesting if the actor's repeated what they heard on the tape, but at a slower speed, so we'd get a web of language.
Because even at the age of fifteen, I used to go see all the Broadway shows and feel that they were sentimental, that they were pandering to the audience and trying to manipulate the audience. I had no use for practically any of the shows that were hits.
I acted in junior high in the junior high school group, and then when I got into senior high I was, you know, the main actor of the senior high school.
I've been trying to figure out for at least the last 10 years how to force myself into something more risky.
My play is the ultimate expression of my feeling of the twilight of Western civilization.
Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi was having the actors stare right into the audience.
Quite the opposite. I might fall on my face, but I feel born again.
What really happened was one day I decided to write a new kind of play.
You know, actually, I went to Yale because I wanted to stay out of the army.
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