INTERVIEWER: Do you read much contemporary poetry these days?
SARAH RUHL: A little bit … as much as I read anything. I have three kids under the age of six, so if you ask me what I’ve read lately, it’s Goodnight Moon.
Lettering the Stage, an interview with Sarah Ruhl
So yes, Shakespeare was a playwright – an actor, a director, a producer, in fact a man wholly of the theater – and The Winter’s Tale is a play. But we can’t always have the benefit of an actor as skilled as Simon Russell Beale interpreting Leontes for us, and even then, it’s his interpretation, not ours. When we read the plays, we’re actor, director, and lighting designer at once. And what we’re reading, it’s worth pointing out, is very largely poetry.
Stephen Akey, “Shakespeare as God.”
Well, isn’t all religions curious? If they weren’t, how would you get anyone to believe in them?
Juno and the Paycock, Seán O’Casey
Christy Mahon: It’s well you know what call I have. It’s well you know it’s a lonesome thing to be passing small towns with the lights shining sideways when the night is down, or going in strange places with a dog noising before you and a dog noising behind, or drawn to the cities where you’d hear a voice kissing and talking deep love in every shadow of the ditch, and you passing on with an empty, hungry stomach failing from your heart.
The Playboy of the Western World, J. M. Synge