Cristina Pippa is a playwright who no longer lives in Brooklyn, but in Buffalo, where she teaches at Buffalo State College and is an Artist in Residence at the Center for the Arts.
Harold Pinter was an inspirationif not a modelfor many theater artists working today. What follows is just a small sample of the ways Pinter's work has influenced us all.
Look around at the houses here in California, Lloyd. Or back in Chicago. Look at what’s being built today in this country. The vulgar, wicked, moral lies, extravagant waste, social, aesthetic excrement. To attempt to create a bit of beauty within this.
Like many characters in Restoration comedies, Will Blunt lives up to his emblematic name. Even when challenged to a duel, he is as dangerous as a dull knife. Words are his weapons and, although he is a servant, he speaks candidly to anyone who will listen.
“Eastern Europeans have been too busy with dramatic living to worry about dramatic writing,” explains playwright Saviana Stanescu. Perhaps it is for this reason that, in the past, others stepped in. Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed on national television on Christmas Day, 1989.
- In Memory: Harold Pinter by Cristina Pippa, Jason Grote, Lonnie Carter, George Hunka, Tommy Smith, John Soltes, Lydia Stryk, Caridad Svich, Aurin Squire, and Alexis Clements
- Unmeasured Pleasure: Metering Couplets and Desire with David Grimm by Cristina Pippa
- Wrighting Home with Richard Nelson by Cristina Pippa
- Fair Trade Theater: Saviana Stanescu’s Waxing West by Cristina Pippa