“You wait, but you don’t wait too long…”
Interviewer: Where do you need to be—mentally, physically—to write?
Shepard: Right at the heart of it. You wait, but you don’t wait too long, and then you pounce and sit right in the middle of it. I’m working on a monologue now. At the very beginning I thought, oh, if I wait a couple of days maybe more material will come. But I didn’t, and I’m glad. More material would have come, but I wouldn’t have written it down…
Interviewer: You’re often spoken of as the greatest living American playwright. Do you feel you’ve achieved something substantial?
Shepard: Yes and no. If you include the short stories and all the other books and you mash them up with some plays and stuff, then, yes, I’ve come at least close to what I’m shooting for. In one individual piece, I’d say no. There are certainly some plays I like better than others, but none that measure up.