The Playwright at Work

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2762-3
Publication Date
June 2012
Page Count
336 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

The Playwright at Work


Rosemarie Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan take us behind the scenes in conversations with thirteen of today’s most distinguished playwrights, including Tony Kushner, John Guare, Wallace Shawn, Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang, and Sarah Ruhl. To familiarize the reader with the world of each playwright, Tichler and Kaplan introduce us to the environments in which the work happens, conducting their interviews in the playwright’s home, a dark theater, or a coffee shop. Topics of conversation range from the playwrights’ earliest memories of the theater to finding their unique voices, and from their working relationships with directors, actors, and designers to their involvement in the purely commercial aspects of their profession. Taken together, these conversations constitute a collectively taught master class in the art and craft of writing for the stage.

About the Author

Rosemarie Tichler was casting director and artistic producer at the Public Theater (New York). She teaches in New York University’s Graduate Acting Program. She is the recipient of the Casting Society of America’s Apple Award, the Villager Award for Excellence in Casting, and two Tony Award Producing nominations. Tichler founded the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, now in its sixteenth year. She is on the board of directors of New York’s Classic Stage Company. She is the coauthor, with Barry Jay Kaplan, of Actors at Work. 

Barry Jay Kaplan’s plays include Landscape of Desire. He is the recipient of the Joe Callaway Award and the Whitfield Cooke Best Play Award. He is also the author of the best-selling novels Black Orchid (with Nicholas Meyer) and Biscayne. His short stories have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. He is the coauthor, with Rosemarie Tichler, of Actors at Work.


"To get the chance to take a walk inside the private, unwritten minds of playwrights the likes of David Hare, Wally Shawn, and Tony Kushner is as healing and enlightening as any wilderness trail I have ever hiked. Enjoy the view!" —Mandy Patinkin

"Tichler and Kaplan's interviews deliciously and intimately explore the unique journeys of 'the gods of the theater.' Their book is a timeless and universal read for all theater lovers." —Cherry Jones