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" I do still collect chairs. "
" I think mystery... allows us time to dream. "
" There are schools teaching 'stage decoration' as a subject, and they actually call it that. I say: 'Burn those schools!' "
" Actors always start with the voice and language. That's wrong. They should start with the body. The body is an actor's most important resource. "
" All theater is dance. "
" 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. "
" Everything in Wagner's work - the music, the acting, the staging - stemmed from the text. Everything served to interpret the text. "
" My theater is slow and calm, yet my life is fast and hectic, going in all directions. "
" I'm supposed to be the guy who hates naturalism. "
" I start any work the same way. I start a rehearsal with silence. "
" 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?' "
" I collect rocks from all over the world. I have a ring of stones that date to 3500 B.C. It's like a little Stonehenge. "
" Increasingly, I find myself drawn to classic forms - to Euripides, Shakespeare and grand opera. "
" Counterpoint is difficult. I have been doing it since the beginning of my career. But it is not just taking any opposite. It is finding the right opposite. "
" The landscape of Texas is in all my work. It's that light; it's that sky. "
" One of the few things that will remain of this time is what artists are doing. They are the journal and the diary of our time. "
" 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. "
" 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 usually stay in on Sunday nights. I'm not much of a party person. "
" My method is much like choreography. I don't sit at a table. I work in a room with people. "
" I've always thought abstractly - through theme and variations rather than narrative. "
" When you're playing King Lear, you have to have a little humour, or you will have no tragedy when the king dies. "
" I grew up in a town where there were no galleries, no museums, no theaters - a very religious, ultraconservative community. "
" I never thought about the relationship of my mother, my family, to the content of my work. "
" My tax dollar, which goes to New York State Council on the Arts, is by and large only spent to fund people from the state of New York! And you want to be the cultural capital of the world? "
" I did a masterclass at the Juilliard and asked the students, 'Can you stand?' 'Sure.' 'Can you walk?' 'Sure.' They couldn't. They had never really thought about it. "
" I think it's just my nature. I can't work on one thing. I have to work on many things. "
" 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.' "
" Most theater tells you what to think. "
" New York is very provincial. They're very cut-off; they don't have an awareness of so much that is going on in the world. "