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  • Wilson Mizner
    Wilson Mizner
    American Author 1876-1933
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    A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
  • Arthur Miller
    Arthur Miller
    American Dramatist 1915-
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    A playwright is the litmus paper of the arts. He's got to be, because if he isn't working on the same wave length as the audience, no one would know what in hell he was talking about. He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he's great.
  • Arthur Miller
    Arthur Miller
    American Dramatist 1915-
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    A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay.
  • Beth Henley
    Beth Henley
    American playwright, screenwriter, and actress 1952-
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    But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright. As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    But how can the characters in a play guess the plot? We are not the playwright, we are not the producer, we are not even the audience. We are on the stage. To play well the scenes in which we are on concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it.
    Source: The Worlds Last Night (1952)
  • Alex Cox
    Alex Cox
    English film director, screenwriter and actor 1954-
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    Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He's the greatest playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly square.
  • Augustus William Hare
    Augustus William Hare
    British writer
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    Everybody has his own theatre, in which he is manager, actor, prompter, playwright, sceneshifter, boxkeepeer, doorkeeper, all in one, and audience into the bargain.
  • Alan Bennett
    Alan Bennett
    British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author 1934-
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    I was an only child. I lost both my parents. By the time I was twenty I was bald. I'm homosexual. In the way of circumstances and background to transcend I had everything an artist could possibly want. It was practically a blueprint. I was programmed to be a novelist or a playwright. But I'm not.
  • James Thurber
    James Thurber
    American cartoonist 1894-1961
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    If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.
  • Brad Dourif
    Brad Dourif
    American actor 1950-
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    If it's stage, the two most important artists are the actor and the playwright. If it's film, THE most important person is the director. The director says where the camera goes.
  • Bono
    Bono
    Irish singer, songwriter, philanthropist, activist and businessman 1960-
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    So I humbly accept the honor, keeping in mind the words of a British playwright, John Mortimer it was, No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense and relatively clean fingernails. Well at best I've got one of the two of those.
    Source: PENN Address (2004)
  • Beau Willimon
    Beau Willimon
    American playwright and screenwriter 1977-
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    The economics of being a playwright are abysmal. I like to think of the work I do out in Hollywood as a way to actually make a life in the theater easier.
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