09 February, 2008

Edward Albee, playwright, interview

McCarter Blog:

"Carol Rocamora: How many drafts of the play did you write?

Edward Albee: “What do you mean “drafts”? I don’t write drafts. A draft could give someone a cold.

No, I think you should write the entire play down the first time, and then fix it with a few touches here and there. You shouldn’t write it down until you think you have the whole play.

Playwrights get in terrible trouble when they write a play too soon, and then hope that it finds its shape. Writing is a far longer process than you know. A play begins as an idea translated from the unconscious to the conscious. You’ve been thinking about it a long time and creating it a long time before you’re even aware of it. The longer you wait, the less likely you’ll discover that you have written a “first draft.” Wait as long as you can.”

1 comment:

Jon Peacey said...

During the slating the new version of Sleuth received I heard in passing that Pinter didn't do first drafts but final and first drafts all rolled into one. So, he only ever does one main script then revises it a touch. The comment was made that maybe he should have been forced to do some redrafts of his script for the movie.