The longer I do theater, the more shocked I am that you can get the play’s punctuation, the story, the casting, even the director right. Still, you have to deal with variables like: Is this the right audience? Do I have the right month of the year, the right city? Is the right reviewer coming? So much of it is chance in terms of how the aesthetic object is received. Sometimes it makes you just want to write a slim volume of poetry.
– Sarah Ruhl, interviewed by Paula Vogel
I’ve read this interview many times over the years, but went back to it when I heard recently that her new play, IN THE NEXT ROOM (or the vibrator play) will be on Broadway in the fall.