Quotations by Richard Foreman

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Born: Thursday, June 10, 1937
Profession: Playwright


All the dialogue on tape, and we'd play the tape in performance. Then I thought it'd be interesting if the actor's repeated what they heard on the tape, but at a slower speed, so we'd get a web of language.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Thought, Performance, Actor, Language, Play)

As I told you, from the time I was fifteen, I thought the theater was too much involved with actors trying to make the audience love them, being over emotional.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Love, Time, Thought, Actors, Being, Theater, Trying)

Because even at the age of fifteen, I used to go see all the Broadway shows and feel that they were sentimental, that they were pandering to the audience and trying to manipulate the audience. I had no use for practically any of the shows that were hits.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Age, Trying)

From that time through the time I was a New Dramatist, when I was something like twenty-two, I saw absolutely everything in New York. Absolutely everything.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Time)

I acted in junior high in the junior high school group, and then when I got into senior high I was, you know, the main actor of the senior high school.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Actor, School)

I realized that I had to be honest about where I was, where I was coming from, and what I was trying to do.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Trying)

I was enchanted by the escape into that meticulous world that seemed real yet not... well, it seemed not real, but very detailed and meticulous, bizarre.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Bizarre, World)

I'm there to make a kind of theatrical music that is desperately missing in my life. And if other people don't like it, I'm very unhappy, but I can't do anything about that.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Music, Life, People)

I've been trying to figure out for at least the last 10 years how to force myself into something more risky.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Force, Trying, Years)

If I wasn't in the theater, I would be a hermit.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Theater)

It's true, I don't like the real world.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: World)

My play is the ultimate expression of my feeling of the twilight of Western civilization.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Civilization, Expression, Feeling, Play, Twilight)

Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi was having the actors stare right into the audience.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Actors, Now, Right, Theater)

One does not devote one's life in art to shock an audience.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Art, Life)

Quite the opposite. I might fall on my face, but I feel born again.
- Richard Foreman

So I decided to start writing plays, and went to Yale.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Writing)

There is no work of art that has ever been made that is absolutely truthful about life.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Art, Life, Work)

What really happened was one day I decided to write a new kind of play.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Day, Play)

Which implies that the real issue in art is the audience's response. Now I claim that when I make things, I don't care about the audience's response, I'm making them for myself. But I'm making them for myself as audience, because I want to wake myself up.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Art, Care, Now, Want)

You know, actually, I went to Yale because I wanted to stay out of the army.
- Richard Foreman
(Keywords: Army)







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