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Spring 2002 Newsletter

A Conversation With: Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker, 1997.

Arnold Wesker, 1997.

I spoke with Arnold Wesker in the fall of 2000 when he was at the Ransom Center to participate in the Fleur Cowles Flair Conference. What follows is one brief excerpt of our conversation.

Sheree Scarborough, Editor

SS: How do you think someone looking at your work 100 years from now will view it?

AW: I've said I would like to think that there are at least five plays that would last. But I think that there's a lot more to be discovered in the plays. Whenever I give readings from them, it's almost as though I hadn't written them. I'm surprised. I think that when this period has passed, and someone or a group of people rediscover them, they will discover more in them than reviews have been able to sift. There is, for example, a musicality in the structure of the plays that I don't think has been fully recognized. I think there are some original thoughts pursued and expressed that haven't been identified. Students doing these have written about the social aspect of Wesker's plays, or the women in Wesker's work. But no one has ever really come through and said that we're going to identify a quality of thought in the plays. I think things like the musicality and the intellectual content will be discovered in the future.

Please catch Wesker reading from his work and answering your questions at the Ransom Center on Tuesday, March 5, 3:00 p.m. in the 4th Floor Auditorium.

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