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David Kranes: Playwriting to win

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With more than 40 plays to his name, David Kranes most certainly qualifies as a professional playwright.

To paraphrase one of William Shakespeare’s most famous lines, however, the play’s not always “the thing.” Be it painting, architecture, prose or even dance, Kranes’ consciousness is caught by so many other passions on the way to his next project as playwright.

With its endless rounds of losing and winning, a Nevada casino floor becomes a vast repository of real-life drama. The paintings of Lucian Freud and Edward Hopper can hold as many lessons for theater students as Henrik Ibsen. And space itself can be arranged for dramatic effect equal to that of musical instruments.

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