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Beth Henley
August 8, 1952 -
Nationality: American
Category: Playwright
Subcategory: American Playwright

I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, really in suburbia, so my mother was in community theatre plays.


My first few plays took place in the South and even The Lucky Spot was in the thirties but in Louisiana.


It's called Sisters of the Winter Madrigal. It was interesting for me to see it done after so many years; because I wrote it and I didn't realize what a rage I was in.


My fault now is making my plays too short.


Some really good things kind of swing both ways and I like to see people that can swing really, really, really sad and horrible and terrible and really, really, really beautiful and funny.


But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright. As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright.


The impetus behind going to graduate school was a year after graduating from college spent in Dallas working at the dog food factory and Bank America and not having met success in my chosen field, which at that point was being an actress.


That was always my inclination, to start on a new play before the other one gets done, because at least you'll have something to go back to if that play gets trashed.


I was just restless with being in school; so I went out to Los Angeles.


Then I went off to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. They had a really wonderful theatre department.


Plays are so much more special if they've never ever had a production, but I think you can really work on a play and make it better with each production.


I just loved being divorced from my own wretchedness.


The most glorious thing about working in the collaborative art is when you have somebody like Susan Kingsley or Kathy Bates who are better than your play.


In movement class, you had to lie on the floor and get your alignment in to pass the class.


I did write a couple of original screenplays, but I'd rather write plays.


Then, when I was a senior in high school, I was kind of bereft and she put me in an acting class.


You can't just go in there and open your mouth until the cast and director feel comfortable with you.


I tried to start a theatre in LA and failed miserably, but I was probably not meant to raise money.


What I loved about the acting class was that you got to think all day long about a person that wasn't you, and figure out why they were sad and what they wanted, what they dreamed.


Somehow I got to be one of five or six actors that the directors would use as guinea pigs at this directing colloquium, where people pay to listen to and watch the directors direct.


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