Richard Foreman founded the Ontological Hysteric Theater in 1968, and has since then written, directed and designed fifty highly idiosyncratic productions. He's received several Obie Awards, the Literature Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a National Endowment for the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Five collections of his plays have been published. He's also directed classical productions internationally.

An excerpt from Steve Capra's interview with Mr. Foreman
in Theater Voices

SC: Reading about your work - what you've written, what other people have written - has clarified the scripts a lot. But I find less written about the lights and the thuds, the directorial effects. Can you say something about that? Are they for clarification?

RF: You know, I talk a lot, and theorize a lot, and it's always a moot point how much that's just a show with which I'm trying to protect myself. I'm trying to build myself a little fortification of theory so that I can defend myself to other people who think I'm crazy.