Arthur Laurents (Director) | Playbill

Arthur Laurents


The comments were not unusual for Mr. Laurents. Perhaps more than anyone in the American theatre outside of George S. Kaufman, Arthur Laurents was as famous, or infamous, for what he said as what he did. He said playwright John Guare "had a talent for networking, and the knife," and that Katharine Hepburn had "no sense of humor." After Jerome Robbins named names before HUAC, and mused that it would be years before he knew whether he'd done the right thing, Laurents retorted, "I can tell you right now, you were a shit." He stated that "Most directors are frustrated writers." Mr. Laurents once joked that every barb uttered in the theatre was attributed to him, because people naturally expected him to say audacious things.

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  • Born: Jul 14, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Death: May 05, 2011 in New York, NY


Drama Desk Award
1975 Outstanding Director of a Musical Winner
Drama League
2009 Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing Winner
Outer Critics Circle
2009 Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominee
2008 Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominee
Tony Award
2008 Best Direction of a Musical Nominee
1984 Best Direction of a Musical Winner
1975 Best Direction of a Musical Nominee
1958 Musical Nominee

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