(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/28; via Pam Green.)
The Acting Company has commissioned evenings like “Desire” before — a program of Chekhov adaptations in the 1980s, when Spalding Gray and Wendy Wasserstein were among the playwrights; in the 1990s, a slate of short plays inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnets, by writers including Tony Kushner and Ntozake Shange.
This time, short stories by Tennessee Williams are the jumping-off point. Directed by Michael Wilson, who has devoted much of his career to interpreting Williams, “Desire” begins previews Wednesday at 59E59 Theaters. Recently, the project’s six playwrights spoke about how they approached the task. These are edited excerpts.
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