A Conversation with Playwright A.R. Gurney

On Sunday, December 1, The Cocktail Hour playwright A.R. Gurney spoke with Bob Oakes (WBUR’s “Morning Edition”) about his long and continuing career, his body of work, and his relationship to this autobiographical play.

A.R. Gurney's plays include The Cocktail Hour (Lucille Lortel Award), The Dining Room, Sylvia, Love Letters, Scenes from American Life (Drama Desk Award), Children, The Middle Ages, Richard Cory, The Golden Age, What I Did Last Summer, The Wayside Motor Inn, Sweet Sue, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, The Snow Ball (adapted from his novel), The Old Boy, The Fourth Wall, Later Life, A Cheever Evening, Overtime, Let's Do It (a Cole Porter musical), Labor Day, Far East, Darlene and the Guest Lecturer, and Ancestral Voices. The Dining Room is the second play ever produced by the Huntington (1982), which also produced The Snow Ball in 1991. He wrote the libretto for the opera Strawberry Fields with music by Michael Torke. His other novels include The Gospel According to Joe and Entertaining Strangers. He is the recipient of the 2011 Drama Desk Special Award, a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, and New England Theatre Conference, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Bob Oakes has been WBUR's Morning Edition anchor since 1992. He is one of the most well-known and respected news people in New England, with a 35-year career in radio broadcasting, including ten years with Boston's all-news commercial radio station WEEI and coverage of national issues for the CBS Radio Network.

 

 

About The Cocktail Hour

The pre-dinner cocktail is a revered ritual in John's parents' elegant home, but when he returns to announce that he has written a play about them, their calm demeanor dissolves. As the martinis flow, so do the revelations and recriminations, both funny and poignant, in this heartfelt comedy about the ties that bind.


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  • A Conversation with Playwright A.R. Gurney

    On Sunday, December 1, The Cocktail Hour playwright A.R. Gurney spoke with Bob Oakes (WBUR’s “Morning Edition”) about his long and continuing career, his body of work, and his relationship to this autobiographical play.

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  • A Look At Playwright A.R. Gurney

    Albert Ramsdell Gurney, Jr. grew up “surrounded by plays” — at school, on the radio, at the charity performances of his parents’ social clubs, on weekend trips to local theatres and Broadway. While his upper class milieu hardly considered dramatic writing an exemplary career, it was in many ways the natural trajectory for a man who had been immersed in the theatre since childhood.

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  • Battle Scars: A.R. Gurney focuses on the culture of his youth

    From Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1991: Playwright A.R. Gurney has endured sharp criticism for focusing on the culture of his youth, but his latest effort, The Snow Ball, comes as he is earning long-awaited acclaim.

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  • A.R. GurneyPlaywright, The Cocktail Hour
  • Bob OakesHost, WBUR's Morning Edition

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