ISBN: 1-884167-54-3 Spring 2006

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In Their Company
Photographs by Ken Collins Interviews by Victor Wishna







A play comes alive through the efforts of a community: actors, directors, producers, designers—and only in a moment that by its very nature cannot be recorded or repeated, but simply experienced. Like so many other works of art, a living piece of theater begins with a single idea, envisioned and cultivated in seclusion. It begins with the playwright.

Collins and Wishna set out over six years to photograph and interview dozens of accomplished American playwrights, in an attempt to capture that “beginning,” as well as the middle and never-arriving end - of their experience. In Their Company celebrates over sixty of these gifted artists in intimate converssations with playwrights including Neil Simon, Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Wendy Wasserstein, and dozens of others.

Playwrights included are Edward Albee, Robert Anderson, Jon Robin Baitz, Eric Bentley, Eric Bogosian, Connie Congdon, Kia Corthron, Christopher Durang, Horton Foote, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, Jack Gelber, John Guare, A.R. Gurney, Jeffrey Hatcher, Beth Henley, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Corinne Jacker, Adrienne Kennedy, Arthur Kopit, Howard Korder, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Romulus Linney, Kenneth Lonergan, Craig Lucas, Eduardo Machado, Wendy MacLeod, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Tim Mason, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, Suzan-Lori Parks, Peter Parnell, David Rabe, Paul Rudnick, Carl Hancock Rux, John Patrick Shanley, Wallace Shawn, Nicky Silver, Neil Simon, Anna Deveare Smith, Alfred Uhry, Paula Vogel, Naomi Wallace, Wendy Wasserstein, Mac Wellman, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, George C. Wolfe, Doug Wright, and Susan Yankowitz