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The Dramatists Guild's IN THE ROOM Series Features Peter Shaffer and John Guare


The Dramatists Guild of America invites you In the Room with some of the most celebrated playwrights, composers and lyricists in the American theatre discussing craft while sharing their influences and experiences when creating their most celebrated work.

In a conversation originally recorded in 2008 with Council member John Guare, Peter Shaffer discusses writing Five Finger Exercise, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Black Comedy and his Tony Award-winning Equus. Visit or download through iTunes.

Through In the Room you have access to the Dramatists Guild's archived audio featuring Stephen Sondheim, Edward Albee, Theresa Rebeck, Doug Wright, Paula Vogel, David Auburn, Sarah Ruhl, Terrence McNally, Lynn Nottage, Tina Howe, A.R. Gurney, Moises Kaufman, Micki Grant, Lanford Wilson and countless others. Join us In the Room every other week for a new episode.

Visit In the Room online at or download episodes through iTunes.

The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. The Dramatists Guild of America was established for the purpose of aiding dramatists in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. The Guild believes that a vibrant, vital and provocative theater is an essential element of the ongoing cultural debate which informs the citizens of a free society. The Guild believes that if such a theater is to survive, the unique, idiosyncratic voices of both men and women who write for it must be cultivated and protected. In addition to its contract services, the Guild acts as an aggressive public advocate for dramatists' interests and assists dramatists in developing both their artistic and business skills through its publications, which are distributed nationally, and the educational programs which it sponsors around the country. Through a variety of activities, the Dramatists Guild of America works to ensure that theater in America will continue to flourish and that the voices which give it life will continue to reflect and celebrate the richness and diversity of the American experience.

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