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Stage Drama with Reference to Some Personal Experiences

Stage Drama with Reference to Some Personal Experiences In talking about playwriting, I am in a difficult situation. It is considered appropriate for someone to talk about his personal experience in an art form only after he has accomplished some worthy feat. But in my case, each time I made an attempt to write a stage play, the outcome was the result of many circumstances outside my own efforts. So with reference to stage plays, if I have any claim to speak at all, I must say that I got into writing plays very much by accident. I became a dramatist in quite a run-of-the-mill manner. I was a writer of short stories and following that path; writing plays was a side step. To explain, I will quote a contemporary of mine, Ashfaq Ahmed, who became famous writing not for the stage, but for television and other media. He said--and he was a master at composing quotable quotes--that the chicken knows how to lay an egg, but has no knowledge of how to prepare an omelette. So stage production, when I came along, was such that there were many who knew how to prepare omelettes, but there was no chicken to lay an egg. What I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Stage Drama with Reference to Some Personal Experiences

Manoa , Volume 27 (1) – Sep 29, 2015

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In talking about playwriting, I am in a difficult situation. It is considered appropriate for someone to talk about his personal experience in an art form only after he has accomplished some worthy feat. But in my case, each time I made an attempt to write a stage play, the outcome was the result of many circumstances outside my own efforts. So with reference to stage plays, if I have any claim to speak at all, I must say that I got into writing plays very much by accident. I became a dramatist in quite a run-of-the-mill manner. I was a writer of short stories and following that path; writing plays was a side step. To explain, I will quote a contemporary of mine, Ashfaq Ahmed, who became famous writing not for the stage, but for television and other media. He said--and he was a master at composing quotable quotes--that the chicken knows how to lay an egg, but has no knowledge of how to prepare an omelette. So stage production, when I came along, was such that there were many who knew how to prepare omelettes, but there was no chicken to lay an egg. What I

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 29, 2015

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