Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Playback Tuesday: Neil Simon

The life of a writer is not all rose buds and peach pies. It involves a lot of ideas, rewrites, and financial backing. It also involves taking a play from concept to tangible performance. Occasionally it involves letting go of great actors like De Niro because "no actor ever thinks he can't become right for the part even when it is obvious he is not." It's fascinating to get a glimpse into the life of a playwright whose monologues I've managed to butcher at different points in my theatre career. A great read. Now, I may go back in time and read his first autobiography, Rewrites.

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