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Edward Albee


American playwright, known for works including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Zoo Story, The Sandbox and The American Dream.
Edward Albee
Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.
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Do you know what a playwright is? A playwright is someone who lets his guts hang out on the stage.
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What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.




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I survive almost any onslaught with a shrug, which must appear as arrogance, but really isn't because I'm not an arrogant person. When you write a play, you make a set of assumptions that you have something to say, that you know how to say it, that its worth saying, and that maybe someone will come along for the ride. That's all. And then you go about your business, assuming you'd be the first to know if your talent has collapsed.
I don't think I've been a commercial playwright ever. By some curious mischance, a couple of my plays managed to hit an area where commercial success was feasible. But it's wrong to think I'm a commercial playwright who has somehow ceased his proper function. I have always been the same thing which is not a commercial playwright. I'm not after the brass ring. I very seldom get it anyway, and then it's accidental when I do. So I write those things that interest me.
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Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, [but] every character is an extension of the author's own personality.
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I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humour.
Edward Albee
Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.
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A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
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I have been both overpraised and underpraised. I assume by the time I finish writing and I plan to go on writing until I'm 90 or gaga it will all equal itself out... You can't involve yourself with the vicissitudes of fashion or critical response. I'm fairly confident that my work is going to be around for a while. I am pleased and reassured by the fact that a lot of younger playwrights seem to pay me some attention and gain some nourishment from what I do.
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The gods too are fond of a joke.
Edward Albee
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.




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If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic.
Edward Albee
It is three and a half hours long, four characters wide and a cesspool deep.
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The only time I'll get good reviews is if I kill myself.
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You gotta have a swine to show you where the truffles are.
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I created myself, and I'll attack anybody I feel like.
Edward Albee
I've noticed that there is not necessarily a great relationship between what the majority of critics have to say and what is actually true. Some of them are so busy trying to mold the public taste according to the limits of their perceptions, and others are so busy reflecting what they consider to be the public taste  that view limited again by their perception. You find very few critics who approach their job with a combination of information and enthusiasm and humility that makes for a good critic. But there is nothing wrong with critics as long as people don't pay any attention to them. I mean, nobody wants to put them out of a job and a good critic is not necessarily a dead critic. It's just that people take what a critic says as a fact rather than an opinion, and you have to know whether the opinion of the critic is informed or uninformed, intelligent of stupid but most people don't take the trouble.
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One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.
Edward Albee
American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.
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Q: Do you find quite a difference between the audience at large and the critics as a group?
A: Well, one is a group of human beings, one is not.


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