The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut opened July 4, 1965, and has since become one of American foremost regional theaters. Its American premiere productions include The Contractor and The Changing Room by David Storey, The National Health and Forget-Me-Not Lane by Peter Nichols, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island by Athol Fugard, and Spokesong by Stewart Parker. Several Long Wharf productions have been transferred to New York, including Streamers by David Rabe, The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer, and The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn. Arvin Brown has been Long Wharfs artistic director for eleven years. In that time he has directed regularly: at the Long Wharf; at other regional theaters, and in New York. He has received two Tony Award nominations for his work on Broadway (The National Health and Ah! Wilderness) and has won the Vernon Rice Award for his Off Broadway Production of Long Day's Journey Into Night. Mr. Brown has also worked in television: he directed segments for “Theatre in America” and for the “Visions” series. His most recent directing venture was Strangers, a Broadway play based on the lives of Sinclair Lewis and Dorothy Thompson. The following interview was conducted in March, 1979.

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