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" A show is good when there is a meeting of time and space, when time and space become irrelevant. "
" I find it very strange when people say that they are trying to solve 'Uncle Vanya' or find a solution for 'Henry V.' Plays aren't puzzles. They are about playing. But so much theatre has become about performing and acting rather than playing, which is a great pity because audiences are captivated by watching people play. "
" My naivety is to assume people will think there's compassion and solidarity in wanting to play someone even though we are not them. "
" Why is it that I can remember so easily the lyrics to the opening theme song of 'Gilligan's Island?' Why do I remember these trivial things, and I can't remember the names of important collaborators? "
" I don't disagree with the critics often, and I'm not destroyed by bad criticism anymore. There comes a point when you go beyond it. "
" I am interested in suffering and, in particular, the Buddhist idea that in pain, you can find beauty. "
" We should never overestimate an audience's culture, but we should never underestimate their intelligence. "
" Writing is very much perceived as something distinct from performance. I don't see it like that. "
" I think theatre must be an event, an experience, not compete with cinema. When people are able to download stories on Netflix, you need to give them a good reason to jump into the car and drive two hours. It has to be something you can only see in the theatre, and it has to be worth it. "
" Why do we remember stuff from when we were 5 years old but not important facts that are more recent? "
" Opera is a very stimulating place to work, and I believe it offers the most intense theatrical experience possible. "
" In real life, I am not a lonely person; I have lots of good friends and am active socially. But there are certain aspects of my life when I have felt very alone, utterly alone, and one of them is when I am performing on my own. "
" Theatre is different. We can spend two weeks around a table talking about subtext. In opera, there is a score, and people already know their parts. And they move differently. I find all this liberating. "
" It's obvious that any new show comes with its share of blunders, misfires, and bad choices. "
" The extraordinary context of 'Coriolanus' is that it's the first republic - it's the first attempt to create a society not ruled by a monarch. It changes the whole system, and you see how the establishment reacts to that, how they have disdain but play along - and you recognize this is the whole American republican system. "
" In Las Vegas, you confront yourself with your darkest desires, because they're all possible there. "
" Without meaning to sound crass, I've never had any psychological... help. It's because I feel my work is so revealing about who I am and what I am trying to understand about myself. It's a therapeutic process. "
" The great advantage of the circus, and the reason it is so popular, is really the ideal combination of art and sport. It's the ideal art form, in a certain way, if you want to be accessible. "
" I need to have many things cooking at the same time. "
" The safety prospects in 'Ka' are the highest in the world. "
" I can't really define myself as a dramatist or as an actor or as someone who is interested in music. "
" I'm trying to tell history with a capital H through histories with a small h. It moves people, because you know in your own personal relationships, your own story, there's an echo to a much larger reality. "
" Theatre comes alive when someone cross-dresses onstage. "
" I was brought up by a father and mother who were radically different. "
" All of Vegas is false. There's a false Paris, a false Venice, a false Baghdad - in fact, all of the early Vegas aesthetic is Baghdad, which is also the irony. It's 'Aladdin,' the sands, 'One Thousand and One Nights.' "
" There is a way to grow old and still have dignity. "
" I've always been a little scared of technology, which is why I explore it. "
" Nothing is worse than having your dreams come true. "
" A lot of people hated every moment of my 'Ring.' And a lot of people who had never been to an opera bought subscriptions to the next season. "
" Every time we make a new invention, we think we're going to save the world, but eventually, we understand that the real virtues of that new invention have mostly to do with commerce. Then we feel a huge emptiness, and we want to fill it with beauty. "
" Theatre's still expensive compared to downloading on Netflix; that has to be addressed. It doesn't mean it has to be over-subsidised by the state, but it's something we're trying to figure out. "