William Leavitt

ONE DAY GUY INVITED ME to visit his studio at Washington and Normandie—which turned out to be a sizable loft, spare of furnishings except for a table, a bed, and a wire carousel rack for paperbacks that contained, among others, books by Raymond Roussel and Alain Robbe-Grillet. I had first heard of Guy when someone who had seen my play The Silk, 1975, told me that he and I were doing something similar; we were subsequently introduced by Denise Domergue, one of his actresses, who was married to Bob Wilhite. But it was in Guy’s loft that I realized we did, in fact, share influences that brought us both to investigate a particular kind of theatrical work.

Roussel’s novel Impressions of Africa (1910) and his play La Poussière de soleil (1926) were uninflected chains of events, dispassionately described in a precise and neutral style. That Guy came from a family of cryptographers would explain

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