Does Age Really Matter?

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Order 'With experience comes an ability to handle complex themes. You grow up and do mature work. . . . It's true that Hollywood is run by young people who see it more as a business than an art, and they will still market movies to 14-year-olds, but we [older directors] are a very powerful presence.'

-- Martha Coolidge




While age has its advantages for playwrights -- for one thing, it gives you something to write about -- there have been some grand literary and dramatic successes penned by people who most folks would tell you were too young to do this. Maybe they were too young to know any better . . .

But there's a lesson here if you're as young as they were . . .

Teenage writers -- or those just over the hump of 20 -- who attract notice usually create an adult world viewed through the eyes of their young central character, a character who is often the writer's current age.

That's how the first three of these folks made their reputations. If you're that young, keep in mind that most people who buy theatre tickets are not much younger than their mid-20's. They've long since lost interest in the distressing problems of teenagers who can't frame those issues in terms of the larger world.


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