Marsha Norman Quotes


Art is how a culture records its life how it poses questions for the next generation and how it will be remembered.

Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family they just are.

Jesus was a suicide if you ask me.

I have had an inordinate and painful concern for the audience in my writing career.

on the whole the American theater dominated by men does not perceive women fighting for their lives as a central issue.

Knowing is the most profound kind of love giving someone the gift of knowledge about yourself.

People listen to music with cavemen ears: Is it a bird song or the call of a lion? The audience at a musical is dancing in their hearts.

Music expresses longing and love and joy better than any piece of dialogue you can ever write.

When ''night Mother' opened I did not know how long it would be before I would have another show on Broadway.

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.

I feel that I speak the musical language.

At the heart of the failure of most plays is the inability to carry on a thoughtful conversation about your work with yourself.

The theater is a communal event like church. The playwright constructs a mass to be performed for a lot of people. She writes a prayer which is really just the longings of one heart.

People do think that if they avoid the truth it might change to something better before they have to hear it.

What's so good about a heaven where one of these days you're going to get your embarrassing old body back?

Write about the thing that frightens you most.

I grew up at the piano and I longed to write musicals.

What I hope to do is create a play that investigates the ongoing violence toward women and children in the world and searches for some kind of answer to the question 'What Can We Do?'

Success is always something that you have to recover from.

I'm just not having a very good time and I don't have any reason to think it'll get anything but worse. I'm tired. I'm hurt. I'm sad. I feel used.

When you fight something long enough it becomes a center pole right in your life and you count on it to be there to fight with.

If I had not had music in my life I would be the neurasthenic vision of the playwright.

I'm who I was waiting for. I didn't make it.

Think of a musical as a string of pearls. If you don't have a string you can't put the pearls around your neck.