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Playwrights on Playwriting: John Osborne (“Look Back in Anger”)

January 10, 2014

–from “Declaration”–

“Part of my job [as a playwright] is to try and keep people interested in their seats for about two and a half hours. It is a very difficult thing to do. . . . I want to make people feel, to give them lessons in feeling. They can think afterward. In some countries this would be a difficult approach. . . . [to make them think] ‘we’ve been through this and we know what it is like.’ This is what audiences have muttered their heartbeat as they have watched Oedipus or Lear or Willy Loman.”

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