A nation that does not support and encourage its theater is -- if not dead -- dying; just as a theater that does not capture with laughter and tears the social and historical pulse, the drama of its people, the genuine color of the spiritual and natural landscape, has no right to call itself theater; but only a place for amusement.
A nonprofessional theatre is, simply, one comprised of people who do not derive their income from it and do not spend most of their time engaged in it. There are two distinct categories: (1) nonprofessional groups that present plays with some regularity; and (2) nonprofessional groups that are organized on a one-time basis to present a play or a show for some special purpose. The former represents what is known as community theatre, and the latter falls under the heading of amateur theatre (though both types are amateur, or nonprofessional).
|Stephen||Langley||Theatre Management & Production in America|
A novelist may lose his readers for a few pages; a playwright never dares lose his audience for a minute.
A play has two authors, the playwright and the actor.
|Eric||Bentley||In Search of Theater|
|Costumes, Lighting, Set Design||
A play is a painting that moves. Instead of it holding still, and you are looking at it, you hold still and it scrolls by.
|Patricia||Zipprodt||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|