By David Auburn
Published in The Juilliard Journal, March 2014
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, one of its many distinguished alums, David Auburn (who wrote, among other plays, the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Proof), chatted with co-directors Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang.
So, I guess the first question should be, when you agreed to take this job, did you think you’d be doing it 20 years later?
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by Pat Cerasaro
7 August 2011
Today we are talking to a singular literary talent who has written for Broadway, Hollywood, television and film, but, besides her Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway debut, ‘NIGHT MOTHER, which opened on Broadway in 1982, she is perhaps best known as the Tony-winning book-writer for two particularly beloved musicals of the last few decades: THE SECRET GARDEN and THE COLOR PURPLE.… Read the rest
2 July 2010
In a reprise of 2008’s “Week 3,” Chautauqua’s most popular week ever, Roger Rosenblatt returns with even more friends for another week-long conversation and celebration of the literary arts.
Humor, pathos, new worlds are here to explore, with some of today’s most prominent authors, interviewed by a master at getting to the heart of the story.
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White’s ‘Trumpet Of The Swan’ Debuts On Stage
December 7, 2008
NPR’s All Things Considered | with host Andrea Seabrook
Click here to listen to the interview on NPR
The E.B. White children’s book The Trumpet of the Swan has been adapted for the stage, and it received its world premiere at The Kennedy Center in Washington this past week.… Read the rest
Nicole Renee Gilman, IMI Program
Christopher Durang/Marsha Norman Chapter
Sometimes I am asked to talk about writing plays to groups of people who don’t know anything about writing plays, people who’ve spent their lives writing novels, or buying stocks, or building houses. But sometimes we all need to hear the basics again. So here are my simplest thoughts about writing for the theatre.… Read the rest
American Theatre Wing, Downstage Center
Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman compares the gathering and rituals shared by theatre and houses of worship; explains why she could never have written ‘night Mother now that she’s had children; talks about her specific goals in crafting the lyrics for “Lily’s Eyes” in The Secret Garden; considers whether playwriting has actual rules and can be taught; and compares the story of The Color Purple to the classic tale of Cinderella.… Read the rest
by Marsha Norman
Published in BOMB Magazine
After you read thousands of plays by young writers, you can pretty much tell in 10 pages whether the playwright is going to get you. The voice is either clear or not, the dramatic sensibility is either there or it isn’t, and the writer either knows or doesn’t know what his personal “content” is, the stuff he will draw on for a lifetime of writing.… Read the rest
by Susan Stamberg
9 November 2004
In the newest installment of our series “Scenes I Wish I Had Written,” NPR’s Susan Stamberg talks with award winning playwright Marsha Norman.
Norman tells us about her favorite scene from another writer’s play — Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.
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by April Gornik
When I first met Marsha Norman—Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, that is—I was delighted to find her not only accessible but also to be a playful person with a fabulous sense of humor. I had not seen her play ’Night Mother, when it had its hugely successful run, but subsequently read it and found it very troubling and provocative.… Read the rest