#80 – Stephen Adly Guirgis: Sometimes You Don’t Find a Way Through

In This Episode

“I’m aspiring, even at 57 now, to try to be more free.”

What’s in this episode?

What is a multi-hyphenate to Mr. Guirgis?

How writing made him respect other writer’s writing.

Why do people think multi-hyphenates aren’t a thing?

Scene work with Daphne Rubin-Vega

“I can’t believe in myself 100%, but if I believe in myself 51% – it’s enough to keep going.”

Work that isn’t as dangerous as it used to be. 

Being okay with being hurt.

Loving acting, but not loving writing.

LAByrinth Theatre Company 

Stephen Adly Guirgis is a Pulitzer Prize Winning American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He is a member and a former co-artistic director of New York City’s LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced both Off-Broadway and on Broadway as well as in the UK. His play Between Riverside and Crazy won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and is currently on Broadway, playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre through February 12th. Guirgis was most recently in the film Funny Pages and you can now purchase Guirgis’ newest play Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, published by TCG Books. Stephen Adly Guirgis brings his prodigious gifts for exploring the lives of social outcasts to new heights in this play about the inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City, where the unmoored residents struggle with addiction, abuse, and mental illness. Between daily therapy sessions, they clash with the staff and each other, form alliances, and fall in love. Harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven roaringly brings to life the experiences of women who society has tried to shuffle out of sight and out of mind.

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