It's been the heart of what I've done for about 25 years,
I really admired the play. When we had a sudden opportunity, we decided to do it. It doesn't just recount recent history. It raises larger issues that are not in the news. How is power used How do decisions get made
it is straight out of its time, from the rock music to the anti-Vietnam War sentiment.
It's really important that those two Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights are both under the same umbrella, ... By putting Shakespeare there, you are holding him up as a model of how big a playwright's ambitions can be.
The thing that has been the most surprising to me has been the immense good will I have felt from the theatrical community.
This is going to be a real experiment. It's going to be a glamorous, high-end benefit fund-raising event in the best and highest tradition of New York fund-raising events. At the same time, it's going to be accessible to a broad range of people.
John was an incredibly important writer, both in his own right, and as a leading advocate for writers and artists with disabilities. It's a terrible, terrible loss.
John was a brilliant playwright, a tireless advocate for the disabled, a profound thinker, and a warm and generous friend. His disability gave him a powerful understanding of how it requires a community to make us fully human.