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Famous Quotes By Richard Greenberg

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I want to be a playwright the way people are bank tellers. I want to keep doing it and have it go steadily and smoothly. — Richard Greenberg

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You know, the thing is with people who never talk, the thing is you always suppose they're harbouring some enormous secret. But, just possibly, the secret is, they have absolutely nothing to say. — Richard Greenberg

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The ocean is interacting with the surface. There is a possible biosphere that extends from way below the surface to just above the crust — Richard Greenberg

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For some reason, 1968 is a touchstone year for me. I think it was the first year I felt fully conscious. — Richard Greenberg

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I started in the era when Hollywood reveled in being the most cost-inefficient industry on the planet. They used to commission a hundred scripts for every one they made. — Richard Greenberg

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I don't write a play from beginning to end. I don't write an outline. I write scenes and moments as they occur to me. And I still write on a typewriter. It's not all in ether. It's on pages. I sequence them in a way that tends to make sense. Then I write what's missing, and that's my first draft. — Richard Greenberg

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By the time I started writing plays, Broadway was never an expectation, so it's never been central. — Richard Greenberg

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When you're writing plays, it's possible to believe you don't have any real world skill. When you're adapting, it is really all about the mechanics, so you feel closer to, I don't know, an accountant or someone who has a body of information. It's not all about temperament. — Richard Greenberg

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I think I'm a writer, and it's my job. People in other professions are expected to do their jobs all the time. Why shouldn't I? — Richard Greenberg

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I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind. — Richard Greenberg

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It seems that the hurdle you have to jump over is everyone's informed opinion. When you're a young playwright, you're probably too precarious in your own technique to understand that when these seemingly informed opinions are contradicting each other, it becomes this paralyzing monolith. — Richard Greenberg

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See it? Oh, I have no interest in seeing it. Seeing it might get in the way of my opinion. — Richard Greenberg

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A play gets on Broadway by fluke. And you don't even start out with that ambition. When I do a play, the intention is just to put it up somewhere. — Richard Greenberg

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I had a plot connection that nobody understood for this fourth character, and decided, Oh, nobody gets it, that's all. I'll write another draft to make her make sense. It took me awhile to learn that these three people were the core of this play, which seems so obvious now. — Richard Greenberg

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I came to New York, and it was fascinating and intimidating and yielding, and all the stuff it's supposed to be. But whatever the abstract essence I was seeking, I couldn't find exactly that. — Richard Greenberg

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The world requires me to re-write its wretched dialogue! — Richard Greenberg

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People talk about alienation in the city. Diners are a place where you feel comfortable, an extension of your house. — Richard Greenberg

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I'm sort of anti-Aristotelian. I want to get an entire life onstage while conveying a sense of how time feels, how unstoppable it is, and how we don't really know what's going on because as we're trying to weave, it's weaving us. — Richard Greenberg

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I like the Mets. I'm interested in the Mets. — Richard Greenberg

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My friends and family have been so well trained that they know I really mean it when I say that I don't care if the review is good, because that can be as dangerous as when it's bad. It's less demoralizing, but it can be just as confusing. — Richard Greenberg

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The best thinking says 'the self' is a fiction (I have a piece about that), yet it's a fiction that we all believe, our most intimate experience. Maybe it's nothing more than our tendency to repeat. Maybe we repeat because when we do, we recognize the behavior and the familiarity is comforting. So the self is just the consolation of our tendencies. — Richard Greenberg

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I do think the past changes at a slower rate. It sits a little more still for its portrait. — Richard Greenberg

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I was formed by 'The Forsyte Saga' marathon. There was something about seeing all those events telescoped that was unbelievably moving: that sense of time as something that can be tinkered with. — Richard Greenberg

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It's weird, because I don't feel prolific. I don't write anything for months at a time. — Richard Greenberg

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Frankly, seeing my plays with an audience is something I do with gritted teeth; I find the experience very difficult. I love the moment when you have just the dress rehearsal, when no one's there; that's kind of the peak to me. When people start filing in, I like to file out. — Richard Greenberg

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You do think, if you have your druthers, 'I want to sort of be, not anonymous, but unknown'. But you don't have your druthers in life, do you? — Richard Greenberg

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My mother wanted me to be a writer. But she was a child of the Depression and never understood that she wasn't poor. So, you know, the idea of not having a job, it would creep through. But she tried very hard to be subtle about it. — Richard Greenberg

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My usual route is, I do a play at South Coast Rep, then there's time between and I revise it, and then I take it to New York. — Richard Greenberg

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I think I can be an intimidating energy in the room. I think I come in with an aura of wanting results because as the playwright, I know how it goes, and there's the thought, 'Why can't they catch up?' — Richard Greenberg

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The idea of a rupture between acts occurs in a number of my plays. — Richard Greenberg

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When we watch a play under the standard circumstances, we've lost volition and time is passing. A still play feels like an existential threat. — Richard Greenberg