No doubt, Bruce Jay Friedman has a way with words. His plays are viewed as sexy, provocative works of art that turn on the minds of his viewers. Wink Wink. Here, Bruce talks about why he grouped these four plays together, and how he hopes people will receive this work.
LLB: Why did you choose to group these four plays together?
Bruce: There was no special plan. Scuba Duba and Steambath were enormously successful at the time. I have a particular fondness for Sardines, which is difficult to stage because of the large cast. And I like the economy of the one-act, and the strong ending. I’ve seen that play performed successfully.
LLB: Having experienced both sides of drama – as an actor and a playwright – how would you say reading a play, as opposed to watching one, alters the experience for the audience?
Bruce: I love the theatre, but I’m not much good at reading a play or a screenplay, for that mattter. I need actors to ‘translate’ the page for me. I’ve also done a few cameos in films, but I’m not much of an actor.
LLB: Do you have any tips for young actors or playwrights who might be given one of your plays?
Bruce: Trust the text and the language and don’t try to ‘do too much’ with it. The plays can take care of themselves. No need to embroider. Less is more.
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