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Episode 10
A.R. Gurney and Theresa Rebeck

Join us In the Room with two widely produced playwrights discussing their work for the stage, screen and everything in between. As dramatists we hear all sorts of horror stories about how writing for T.V., novels, or entering the world of academia can hinder your writing, but Rebeck and Gurney through their candor, wit and wisdom suggest that while writing for the theatre is special, there can be other opportunities to help you make a living while also contributing to your craft. 

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A.R. “Pete” Gurney (born 1930)

Playwright

A.R. Gurney has written numerous plays including The Dining Room, Love Letters and Sylvia as well as novels and for television. Gurney has received a Drama Desk Award, a Rockefeller Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New England Theatre Conference.

Works include: The Comeback (1964); The Dining Room (1982); The Golden Age (1983); The Perfect Party (1986); Love Letters (1988); The Cocktail Hour (1988); Later Life (1993); Sylvia (1995); Screenplay (2005); Crazy Mary (2007); Black Tie (2011).

Theresa Rebeck (born 1958)

Playwright

Theresa Rebeck has been produced throughout the country and abroad. Her recent world premiers include Poor Behavior at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2011 and Dead Accounts, commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse, premiered January 2012.  Rebeck has also written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, Third Watch as well as writing and producing for Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order:Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. She is a Contributing Editor to the Harvard Review, an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company and serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild.

Works include: Spike Heels (1992); The Family Mann (1994); The Butterfly Collection (2000); Dollhouse (2000); Omnium Gatherum (2003); The Scene (2006); Mauritius (2007); The Understudy (2007); Poor Behavior (2011); Seminar (2011).