On Theatre

A friend of mine sent me an interview with Tom Stoppard, published in the Paris Review. He’s a great playwright and it’s a very interesting interview. But I just wanted to share this, my favourite bit. I’ve discovered a lot about my writing process through taking part in #29playslater

INTERVIEWER

What is the most difficult aspect of playwriting?

STOPPARD

Structure.

INTERVIEWER

And the easiest?

STOPPARD

Dialogue.

INTERVIEWER

What about the curtain lines? Do they come first and then you work your way towards them, or do they arrive in the natural progression of writing the dialogue?

STOPPARD

Curtain lines tend to be produced under the pressure of the preceding two or three acts, and usually they seem so dead right, to me anyway, that it really is as if they were in the DNA, unique and inevitable.

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