Q & A(uthor): What’s your favorite play (that you’ve either seen or read?)

Jennifer Hoppe-House: I have to say, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is right up there. That is a fucking great play. I mean, great! I love A Streetcar Named Desire so much that I went to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas where they have a lot of Tennessee Williams manuscripts and I got to take a photograph of his handwriting scratching out a note to the typist “Please change the name ‘Ralph’ to ‘Stanley’ throughout.” I love those deep, psychologically piercing, thematically wrenching plays that also can be funny in moments. While A Streetcar Named Desire doesn’t have a whole lot of laughs in it, I think that a lot of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff? is kind of funny in a horrifying way.

I read, and I’ve never seen, This is Our Youth. I loved that play, I loved it. I loved Bad Jews – I just saw that at the Geffen [Playhouse] and it’s fantastic. That felt more similar to Bad Dog to me than any of the plays I’ve mentioned. I love August: Osage County, of course; I mean, you know, those are the things I love and admire and that’s kind of the way I write plays. One room, and a lot unfolds there in an evening or in a week.


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