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" Everything in Wagner's work - the music, the acting, the staging - stemmed from the text. Everything served to interpret the text. "
" My work is formal, not based on psychology. "
" I think it's just my nature. I can't work on one thing. I have to work on many things. "
" Most artists don't understand what they do, and I don't think we have to. Other people do that better - they understand what I do better than I do! "
" I think that I've always been a kind of structured person. "
" I think that in my plays you can come in for 20 minutes and get something out of it. I'd like to do a play that would run for days. I don't think time is that important. Nature doesn't hurry the sky, the changing clouds and sunsets. "
" Christopher Knowles, Buechner, Heiner Mueller, Burroughs, Chekhov, Shakespeare - it's all one body of work. "
" The French, not the Americans, commissioned 'Einstein on the Beach.' "
" I think people are looking for an alternative to the fast pace of everyday life and entertainment. "
" Some years ago, I was invited to speak in Houston, Texas. They said I was a founder of 'postmodern theatre'. So I said to my office, 'This is ridiculous for me to go and speak about postmodern theatre when I don't know what it means, but... they're paying me a lot of money, so I'll go.' "
" In my theater, I'm not trying to change the world. "
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" Usually in theater, the visual repeats the verbal. The visual dwindles into decoration. But I think with my eyes. For me, the visual is not an afterthought, not an illustration of the text. If it says the same thing as the words, why look? The visual must be so compelling that a deaf man would sit though the performance fascinated. "
" I'm an artist, not a philosopher. "
" I want to work with Jay-Z. "
" My mother was a great typist. She said she loved to type because it gave her time to think. She was a secretary for an insurance company. She was a poor girl; she'd grown up in an orphanage, and she went to a business college - and then worked to put her brothers through school. "
" It's important that we have the traditional operas and the repertory, but we should also have something new. "
" To me, what is important in the theater is that we don't want to make a conclusion. We don't want to make a statement, don't want to say what something is. We want to ask, 'What is it?' "
" If you slow things down, you notice things you hadn't seen before. "
" I'm supposed to be the guy who hates naturalism. "
" I try to present something that is full of time. Not timeless, but full of time. I never like a work where we try to update it, but it's still not interesting to see a work that is dated. If one is successful, then a work can be full of time. And time is very complex. "
" I never studied theatre; I learned it by doing it. If I had studied theatre, I would not be making the kind of theatre I am making. "
" As a very young man growing up in Texas, usually I got a shotgun or cowboy boots for Christmas. "
" When we look back at the Mayans or ancient Egypt, we look at their art. "
" I met a 13-year-old black child, Raymond, who had never been to school and had never learnt any words, yet it seemed to me that he was intelligent. It became apparent after a short period that Raymond thought in terms of visual signs and movements. "
" I grew up in a town where there were no galleries, no museums, no theaters - a very religious, ultraconservative community. "
" The landscape of Texas is in all my work. It's that light; it's that sky. "
" The mind is a muscle. "
" If you take a Baroque commode and put a Baroque clock on top of it, maybe it is not so interesting as when you put a computer on top of it. Then you see both items in a new way. "
" Chairs are like sculpture. "
" Yes, I've been in love, but I guess I'm too involved with myself and my work. I think I'm in love with my work, and I'm in love with the people I work with. "
" At the end of the 1960s, I was part of the downtown theatrical movement in New York that was making work in alleyways, garages, gyms, churches, non-traditional spaces. The idea was to get away from the illusion of the conventional theatre. But then I thought, what's wrong with illusion? "