On the political stage, Mamet is not a dramatist; he is merely acting.
The bias for me, as a dramatist—to go back to the bully question—is how did we become like this?
“The opposition [between Left and Right] appealed to me as a dramatist,” he writes in The Secret Knowledge.
The playwright Jon Fosse could avoid the curse of Henrik Ibsen to become a Norwegian dramatist Nobel laureate.
The first question a dramatist asks is not "Is this how it really works?"
As a dramatist Voltaire is negligible for the very reasons that made him so successful in his own day.
The realization of this, by a dramatist, is what is called "stagecraft."
He is the dramatist of broken hearts, whose waste places are unrelieved by a touch of sunlight.
The dramatist had explained at some length his views of the crisis in Russia.
And he answers to the chief test of the dramatist—he is a prime creator of character.