Albee on Albee

At 82, he doesn't need reviving, but argues that his plays do

VV: I think I started crying during the last 10 minutes.

EA: Once you've seen it, when you go back and see it again, you start crying a lot earlier.

VV: Have you ever thought of working with [Our Town director] David Cromer?

Albee: "The better the play, the more damage the director and the actors can do."
Christopher Farber
Albee: "The better the play, the more damage the director and the actors can do."

EA: I would love to.

VV: Does he know this?

EA: Well, I met him. He asked me if I'd come in and take over the stage manager role for a few weeks. I couldn't. I was deeply tempted. I'm not a bad actor. But I was too busy. It would have been nice.

VV: How often do you go to the theater?

EA: Too often. I try to see new plays, new talent. Some young playwrights are overrated and others are undervalued. I don't want to mention names.

VV: You won't tell me? That's so cruel!

EA: It just wouldn't be fair.

VV: Now, you don't like to have your plays interpreted using your biography—

EA: I never put me in a play. I don't write about me. I write about more interesting people, more dramatic people. More dramatically interesting people.

VV: And yet when I was reading Me, Myself, and I, I couldn't help noticing biographical resonances.

EA: Like what?

VV: A difficult relationship between mother and son, a mother who can't or won't recognize her sons.

EA: How I wish I'd had that mother, compared to the one I had. The only autobiographical thing you might find in this play is that I probably thought that maybe I must have had a brother somewhere. Identical twins turn up in a few of my plays. So, maybe I thought I had an identical twin. I don't know.

VV: Do you have other plays that you're working on?

EA: Yes, two.

VV: Can you reveal anything about them?

EA: I have one that I believe is going to be quite funny. And the other is not.

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