“The first person you should think of pleasing, in writing a book, is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publisher and the readers can and will come later.”
— Patricia Highsmith, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction
“The justice I have received, I shall give back.”
“He thought suddenly of Ina, and the thought caused a throb in his body, making Ina strangely more real than she had been since he got to Europe, or Africa. He could see Ina in her office in New York now. It would be noonish. She would be reaching for a pencil, or a sheet of typewriter paper. If she had a lunch date, she would be a little late for it.”
— The Tremor of Forgery (1969), by Patricia Highsmith
"Switzerland" to be performed at Los Angeles Geffen Playhouse
This play will also be performed at The Sydney Theatre Company at the end of this year. I posted about that here.
March 3 - April 12, 2015
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written by Joanna Murray-Smith
Patricia Highsmith, master of the macabre, is racing to finish her novel when an attractive young man arrives representing her impatient publisher. Anxious to be rid of him and return to self-imposed exile, she attempts to terrorize him into fleeing. But he has a dark agenda of his own and will not leave until the final chapter is written.
In this new Geffen Playhouse commission, Joanna Murray-Smith (The Female of the Species), with her unique brand of humor and mystery, brings to life this literary giant best known for Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
A Geffen Playhouse commission funded by the Edgerton Foundation.