want people to have a good time at the theatre. I try to write plays that,
both in form and content, amuse and challenge an audience. I love the various
theatrical and dramatic forms of comedy and tragedy. I like to utilize many
of these forms within a single play. My plays have pronounced comedic elements,
but I also want them to bite. If there’s no bite, if one does not challenge
the audience and oneself in a good way, there isn’t as much opportunity
for pleasure. And I do think the theatre should offer pleasure."
classicist in experimental clothing, David Greenspan is a playwright who
is also passionately involved in the theatre as an actor and director. From
his early more autobiographical plays (one of which, Principia, took inspiration
from the shifting modalities of Joyce’s Ulysses) to more recent works inspired
by (and at times adapted from the work of) Hawthorne, Stein, Molnar, and
Thorton Wilder, Greenspan’s theatre is a place where anything can happen.
Deliciously complicated, incredibly funny, the work, whether tragic, tender,
mysterious or cruel, betrays a profoundly empathic imagination. Both wildly
conjured and deeply attentive to diverse literary and theatrical traditionsfrom
vaudeville and Greek mythology to the Bible and boulevard comedyGreenspan’s
plays ask big questions about history, creation, sexual behavior, the complications
of family and the very act of performing a play.