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" I am curious about a lot of things. I'm perplexed and engaged. "
" Theater can be elusive and poetic, but it doesn't thrive when it doesn't reach an audience. "
" Is the American theatre allowing itself to become irrelevant? The problem isn't that playwrights aren't being paid enough. It's that theatres all over America are looking towards New York to tell them what new plays to do. "
" I make my life with New York stage actors, and I love them. They're the best actors on planet earth. "
" Show business is a struggle. I certainly wish that I had just blasted on the scene and not had quite such a hard time. But there's a great sense of the relief in that you don't have to prove yourself anymore. "
" I have two sensational kids who I have raised with my husband, hoping and working every day to help them become healthy, happy, and decent human beings. "
" Our distorted media culture sees men as subjects and women as objects; in films, Woody Allen gets older and older and still dates 20-year-old babes; movies about women are called 'chick flicks,' and men make fun of them. "
" Some of my family goes back a long way in Denver. "
" Honestly, the thing that I have found to be most useful over a long career, or maintaining a long career, is taking back the power at some point and self-producing. "
" I'm actually interested in poor behavior. I'm interested in what drives people to poor behavior. "
" Some people think big audiences are crass and that, say, a comedy that appeals to a wide audience is pandering. Other people would argue that you could say that about Moliere. "
" We have this powerful ideological basis to the country that I don't think any other country in the world quite can brag about. It's a very complicated nation, and it's very fertile. "
" It's one of the central problems of American culture: telling you if you're younger, more beautiful, more famous, whatever, that then you'll be happy. "
" The myth that theater isn't for everybody is total nonsense. In the 18th and 19th centuries, everybody in America used to go to the theater all the time. The shows they went to see were big, crazy melodramas that had careening storylines and houses burning down and pretty girls in danger and comedy and death and destruction. "
" It's sort of a mystery where ideas come from. "
" So in case there was any doubt, I am here to report that having a play on Broadway does not suck. "
" I was born and raised in the Midwest, where people were taught that decency and integrity and community were all important values. We were democrats with a little 'd.' "
" Moliere and Arthur Miller affected me at a very young age. In adulthood, I became overwhelmed by Chekhov. Those are my big theatrical influences. "
" I like to write. Prolific is part of who I am. "
" Why is being a female having an agenda any more than being a misogynist - which David Mamet most certainly is? "
" People kept saying, 'You've made it!' and I was like, 'What have I been doing all this time?' I've always felt successful. "
" That stupid postmodern emphasis on image over content has slammed us right into a dramaturgy that willfully leaves the audience behind and then resents the fact that they don't 'get it.' "
" Because I'm an American woman, and I write straight plays, it's always been sort of assumed I would never be done on Broadway. But that was never the goal. "
" Heath Ledger's recent death, like that of River Phoenix, was handled with great care by the press. Anna Nicole Smith's not so much. "
" There are times when I wonder how I ever thought that I could dramatize the death of a national discussion as a family comedy. "
" Everyone pays lip service to this whole idea of doing more new plays, and nobody ever does it. "
" I had such a good experience doing 'The Understudy' with the Roundabout, and people were really enthusiastic about the work. "
" The stage gives you more control over your own work; in television, there's a distressing amount of communal writing. Unless it's your show, you have no control over that. You're at the mercy of whoever's running the show. "
" Why on earth is the 'New Yorker' publishing puff pieces about pretty girls who go to parties? Does the 'New Yorker' ever run photos of cute boys just because they're cute and they come from money and they go to lots of parties? "
" I actually think we should be trying to be rigorous in our thinking about television and the way it enters our lives and shapes the way so many people think. "
" I have spent my whole life working in the theater, and most of the people I know have done the same. And we are pretty interesting people. "