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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Organizations. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19292.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Organizations. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19292

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Transcript Criticism from Crazies If you are going to be a writer, you have to learn to put up with criticism, said Pulitizer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, "and criticism is better coming from sympathetic peers, than from a bunch of crazy audiences and dumb critics." It is with this viewpoint that Albee, author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, teaches his playwrighting class. "It's a discussion, which I occasionally try to lead in certain directions," Albee said. "I'm interested in having playwrights react to each other's work." The structure of Albee's course structure is relaxed and there are no due dates. After a student turns in a play, the entire class is given a copy to read, said drama major Christopher Ayres. "He bases the class on participation, once there were three students who had not read the play we were scheduled to critique," Ayres said, "so Albee lectured instead." "He asks the student whose work is being discussed to sit with him in front of the class," said Elizabeth McBride, a doctoral student in creative writing. Then, "he has them tell about their personal, writing, and drama background," said drama major Lauren Johnson. "He starts the discussion and acts as mediator," she added. "• •. and criticism is better coming from sympathetic peers, than from a bunch of crazy audiences and dumb critics. 99 Albee's playwrighting class consists of 16 hand- picked students, some of whom idolize their teacher. His playwrighting students were chosen from approximately 60 hopefuls. Students submitted sample scripts to the drama department in the fall. "I was interested in people whose concept of theater struck me as being unusual," Albee said. "I didn't care about the degree of sophistication of the writing; I was interested in what I considered to be talent, perception and sensitivity." Albee has an unusual approach to teaching. He listens to what students have to say and encourages them to make up their own minds, Ayres said. He allows students to speak in defense of their own work, emphasizing the importance of the artist over the critics, McBride said. "He encourages us to write beyond what we know we can do," Ayres said. Johnson said the class has helped her to become more open-minded and has diversified her writing style. She said that being accepted into Albee's class was a major factor in her decision to stay, rather than moving to California. Unfortunately, it may be quite a while before Albee teaches here again. This fall he'll be directing his latest work, Marriage Play, on Broadway, "so I won't be teaching here," Albee said. "I don't mind teaching, but it's not as interesting as craft work." However, Albee may be back in Houston next spring. "I don't know," he said, "I play it by ear every time I do it." — LaNae Donham PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA — Adviser Farris Block, Cheryl Carter, Mark McKee, Kirk Peatrick, President Hona Matthews, Vice-president Tanna Schuler. 202 University of Houston