Monday, March 29, 2010

Simon puts Shinn in the Spotlight

Director Richard Jay Simon interviews playwright Christopher Shinn, who wrote Mosaic's next project, Dying City.
Q. You told me in a previous discussion that you feel the greatest American play of all time is Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. What influence did that play have on you and the crafting of Dying City?

A. I just thought about how brave O'Neill was to write such a dark play. I thought, I want to be in that tradition. If he can do it, so can I. And sometimes I get nervous about writing characters who are actors (worrying it's self-indulgent). Whenever I do that, Long Day's Journey Into Night always give me permission to forge ahead!
You can find the entire interview at Mosaic Theatre's websiteDying City will play at Mosaic Theatre from April 15 through May 9, 2010.

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