Emotional Plots

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Order Heidi 'When I start writing the play -- because I don't write from an outline -- is when I have an idea where the play is going to arc to or land on . . .. With THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG I wanted a woman to turn to a man and say 'I love you like I've never loved anybody,' a woman who's never said this before. That's not in the play, but it's where the play's going. In THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, I wanted this woman to get up at a woman's meeting and say 'I've never been so unhappy in my life.' Then I know that in fact it's a play, that it's starting somewhere and going somewhere.'

-- Wendy Wasserstein

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