Never not dare to hang yourself. That's the only way you grow in your profession. You must continually attempt things that you think are beyond you, or you get into a complete rut.
|Charles||Laughton||Wikipedia (under Bette Davis)|
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
|John||Osborne||Time, 31 October 1977|
When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you're older, it's a straight part.
|Laurence||Olivier||Theatre Arts May 58|
The mission of the playwright is to look in his heart and write, to write whatever concerns him at the moment; to write with passion and conviction. Of course the measure of the man will be the measure of the play.
|Robert||Anderson||Theatre Arts Mar 58|
Good plays drive bad playgoers crazy.
|Brooks||Atkinson||Theatre Arts Aug 56|
|Costumes, Set Design||
Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Routines have their purposes, but the merely routine is the hidden enemy of high art. [Advice to theatrical designers,]
|Cecil||Beaton||The Secret of How to Startle Theatre Arts May 57|
There is no greater gift that a person can be given than to be put in touch with his creativity. [Theatre] transformed my life. [Director Declan Donnellan on discovering theatre as a lonely 16 year old.]
Lights are to drama what music is to the lyrics of a song. The greatest part of my success in the theatre I attribute to my feeling for colors, translated into effects of light.
|David||Belasco||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
Lighting paperwork is a living thing, continually evolving throughout the production process until opening night.
|Anne E.||McMills||The Assistant Light Designer's Toolkit|
Theatrical design is different from many other art forms in that it is a collaborative art. No one theatre artist works independently to create a performance.
|Kaoime||Malloy||The Art of Theatrical Design|