More good stuff from the May/June Dramatist article, since it’s not on their website. Sarah Ruhl on narrative:
I feel there are two strains of narrative in our culture: one is Aristotle and one is Ovid. Aristotle has held sway for many centuries, but I think our culture is hungry for Ovid’s way of telling stories. His is not the neat Aristotelian arc but instead small transformations that are delightful and tragic….
The Aristotelian model — a person wants something, comes close to getting it but is smashed down, then finally gets it or not and then learns something from the experience — I don’t find helpful. It’s a strange way of looking at human experience. I know it’s important for actors with certain training to have intentions and wants and desires, but I was influenced by Maria Irene Fornes. I did a workshop with her in Mexico and she said, “The only people who want something from another human being all the time are criminals…and Americans.”