Podcast Episode 159 – Pulitzer Prize Winner, David Auburn
I’ll never forget the gasp that came from the audience at the end of Act One when I saw David Auburn’s Proof on Broadway. It was one of those great twists/reveals/secrets and surprises that make a great play not only great but also flat-out-entertaining.
I remember thinking . . . now that’s a genius craftsman.
And I wasn’t the only one who thought.
Not only is Proof one of the longest-running plays of the last few decades (at close to 1,000 performances), but it also won a Tony, a Pulitzer and is produced all over creation.
David and I chatted about the origins of Proof and how he solved it as well as . . .
- How he “warmed up” to writing plays by writing sketches and one-acts first (and a business reason why this is a great place for emerging playwrights to start).
- The most important reason why he thinks Proof was so successful and why it’s done everywhere.
- Why he enjoys directing other people’s work, but doesn’t want to do his own.
- The difference between writing screenplays and stage plays.
- Where he gets his ideas . . . and what he does first when he gets one.
Listen to the podcast with David with the links below, and if you haven’t read Proof, do yourself a favor and get it here. Not only is it a page-turner, but it’s a master class in and of itself.Click here to listen to my podcast with David!
Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)
Download it here.
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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.