Best Quotes from Theresa Rebeck

By | November 18, 2018

We need theatre that is contemporary, lively and relevant, and the only way to do that is to take care of our playwrights and produce their plays.

Theresa Rebeck

I think it’s straight men who are oblivious to goodness or badness to dates. That’s probably unfair. Maybe they just don’t complain as much.

Theresa Rebeck

I have a dog whose name is Banquo.

Theresa Rebeck

Our distorted media culture sees men as subjects and women as objects; in films, Woody Allen gets older and older and still dates 20-year-old babes; movies about women are called ‘chick flicks,’ and men make fun of them.

Theresa Rebeck

Sometimes I feel that my job on earth is to put Julie White through horrible things, watch her writhe and then recover.

Theresa Rebeck

I think, with most writers, their neurosis is finishing things. I have a different neurosis. I’m terribly anxious when it’s not finished. Then I become really difficult to live with.

Theresa Rebeck

Generally, what I try to do is always have a money gig and an art gig.

Theresa Rebeck

Denver’s commitment to giving contemporary storytellers the stage is crucial to the American theater. That’s something embraced by ‘Smash.’ We should be telling our own stories.

Theresa Rebeck

I like to write. Prolific is part of who I am.

Theresa Rebeck

It’s not my responsibility to write plays about the way the world should be.

Theresa Rebeck

I write a lot because, if I don’t, I start to panic, and I calm down when I write.

Theresa Rebeck

Spielberg read the ‘Understudy’ and decided that was the voice he wanted to write ‘Smash.’ He wanted a story that had humanity and humor and high-stakes dreams.

Theresa Rebeck

I have admiration for people who can do it well – the guys who wrote ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier.’ They created sort of a blissful comedic universe.

Theresa Rebeck

The stage gives you more control over your own work; in television, there’s a distressing amount of communal writing. Unless it’s your show, you have no control over that. You’re at the mercy of whoever’s running the show.

Theresa Rebeck

I find a lot of input from other people very stressful.

Theresa Rebeck

One thing I won’t do in television is a sitcom. I find that world to be so neurotic and bizarre.

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I think we have a cultural difficulty with looking at our problems.

Theresa Rebeck

I’m not ashamed of being American; I’m very proud.

Theresa Rebeck

We have this powerful ideological basis to the country that I don’t think any other country in the world quite can brag about. It’s a very complicated nation, and it’s very fertile.

Theresa Rebeck

Why is being a female having an agenda any more than being a misogynist – which David Mamet most certainly is?

Theresa Rebeck

The ridiculous way that workplace politics are conducted completely gets in the way of excellence in America.

Theresa Rebeck

I had such a good experience doing ‘The Understudy’ with the Roundabout, and people were really enthusiastic about the work.

Theresa Rebeck

I sincerely believe that for the New York theatre to remain relevant, all our major producing institutions should be presenting new American plays.

Theresa Rebeck

A lot of times, I think people feel that new plays are suspect, and actually, I don’t know where that came from. I completely disagree with it!

Theresa Rebeck

I think new plays are vastly more surprising and challenging and inspiring; I hear from audiences all the time that they are delighted when they see plays about the world we live in now, at this moment.

Theresa Rebeck

The audience just doesn’t care. They are just as interested in women-centric stories as they are in stories about men.

Theresa Rebeck

Everyone pays lip service to this whole idea of doing more new plays, and nobody ever does it.

Theresa Rebeck

People kept saying, ‘You’ve made it!’ and I was like, ‘What have I been doing all this time?’ I’ve always felt successful.

Theresa Rebeck

Because I’m an American woman, and I write straight plays, it’s always been sort of assumed I would never be done on Broadway. But that was never the goal.

Theresa Rebeck

There are so many people from many different classes and ways of life who converge in one space to make a musical.

Theresa Rebeck

It’s sort of a mystery where ideas come from.

Theresa Rebeck

I actuall have to defend realism in theatre because I think TV does it badly – so corrupted by layers of bureaucrats who want to leave examination or psychology.

Theresa Rebeck

Rarely do I try to pull a creature out of life and make it a character.

Theresa Rebeck

So in case there was any doubt, I am here to report that having a play on Broadway does not suck.

Theresa Rebeck

Why on earth is the ‘New Yorker’ publishing puff pieces about pretty girls who go to parties? Does the ‘New Yorker’ ever run photos of cute boys just because they’re cute and they come from money and they go to lots of parties?

Theresa Rebeck

Heath Ledger’s recent death, like that of River Phoenix, was handled with great care by the press. Anna Nicole Smith’s not so much.

Theresa Rebeck

Not so long ago, my feminist education taught me to ask the question, ‘Is the gaze male?’ The answer, apparently, is yes, which is why so many movies and television shows are about men and not women.

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Art is great. At its best, it engages the intellect and challenges the spirit; it connects us across history and reminds us of our humanity.

Theresa Rebeck

Does art have to have high foot traffic to get funded in a recession? A lot of people, I am sure, would say absolutely not. And those postmodern art-loving loners surely would argue that even if one person likes a piece of art, that would make a museum worthwhile.

Theresa Rebeck

Some people think big audiences are crass and that, say, a comedy that appeals to a wide audience is pandering. Other people would argue that you could say that about Moliere.

Theresa Rebeck

I go to museums. I buy art, even. You should see my house; we don’t have any wall space left.

Theresa Rebeck

My son is a musician who next year will be attending the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York City, which his mother helped him get into by making him practice all the time.

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In America, the average playwright makes less than a receptionist in a non-profit theatre. We don’t have decent health insurance – or any health insurance at all.

Theresa Rebeck

Is the American theatre allowing itself to become irrelevant? The problem isn’t that playwrights aren’t being paid enough. It’s that theatres all over America are looking towards New York to tell them what new plays to do.

Theresa Rebeck

I have two sensational kids who I have raised with my husband, hoping and working every day to help them become healthy, happy, and decent human beings.

Theresa Rebeck

Nothing sounds as crazy as telling people you’re not crazy.

Theresa Rebeck

Why is it so hard for men to identify with women as fellow travelers on this good Earth?

Theresa Rebeck

I have spent my whole life working in the theater, and most of the people I know have done the same. And we are pretty interesting people.

Theresa Rebeck

The myth that theater isn’t for everybody is total nonsense. In the 18th and 19th centuries, everybody in America used to go to the theater all the time. The shows they went to see were big, crazy melodramas that had careening storylines and houses burning down and pretty girls in danger and comedy and death and destruction.

Theresa Rebeck

Theater can be elusive and poetic, but it doesn’t thrive when it doesn’t reach an audience.

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Theater is a public space. It is a spectacular space. It is a gathering place.

Theresa Rebeck

You have to respect who the character is. It has its own internal truth, and you can’t betray that. And if you don’t betray that, it will not betray you.

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