Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Where the money isn’t

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John Patrick Shanley

Playwriting is the last great bastion of the individual writer. It’s exciting precisely because it’s where the money isn’t. Money goes to safety, to consensus. It’s not individualism. That’s why sometimes I get very frustrated watching plays. I’m like: “Man, you have the shot here to say anything and this is what you’re saying? This boring retread of a play I’ve seen five hundred times, this denatured Arthur Miller? I mean you could do or say anything that’s within the bounds of the law if you don’t harm anybody physically, and this is what you’re doing?” Theater is just too exciting a prospect to be left to dullards.

John Patrick Shanley, to the New York Times

Written by nevalalee

January 3, 2016 at 6:52 am

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  1. This is wonderful! ThankYou

    jodycheyanne3

    January 3, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  2. I hate to say the literary world is in the same boat.

    Gary Trujillo

    January 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

  3. You’re welcome!

    nevalalee

    January 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm


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