There are three primal urges in human beings: food, sex, and rewriting some else's play.
A play's got to be a dramatic event, not a lyrical event. It's not music, it's not poetry, it's not dance, it's not narrative - it's dramaticit's about conflict. It's about forces coming together.
Revision, once well done, becomes a sort of automatic itch which you scratch in the next work without thinking about it.
I think that when you do an adaptation for theater, it's either a marriage or a love affair..and so tremendous is my esteem and affection of many years for Ernest Gaines, there was no question but that I would be a very faithful adapter..which I did do.
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