Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

To what extent do you think it is accurate to identify Lanford Wilson as a regional playwright?

Discuss the uses that Wilson makes of ancestry and family cohesion in his writing.

Do you find any pervasive and recurring symbols in Wilson’s writing? If so, how does he use them?

Discuss the father/son, mother/son relationships in Wilson’s work and consider what they reveal about family structure.

Consider Wilson’s commentaries on contemporary society. Identify and discuss three or four of his major social concerns.

Quest is a major element in most drama. In Wilson’s writing, what are some of the quests that motivate the characters?