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Billy Aronson

BILLY ARONSON is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Playwrights Horizons archive. He served as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA/Americorps), in 1980-81. His work has been included in Cootie Shots: Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry for Kids, Parents, and Teachers. He was honored with a New York Foundation for the Arts playwriting grant and invited to New River Dramatists writing center, in Healing Springs, North Carolina. As well, Aronson is a member of Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and BMI. He received a BA in English/theater from Princeton '79, MFA in playwriting from Yale Drama School '83. He currently lives in Brooklyn with my wife Lisa Vogel and our children Jake and Anna. (As of October 2013)

Interview

Sonya Sobieski and Billy Aronson on LIGHT YEARS

I was obsessed with playwriting. I wrote pretty far-out plays, I’d write one every year and get students to stage it the next. But after Junior year I got this idea for a play about college students, which for me was a stretch because it was so literal—no witches or giant sex organs or huge moving shapes. It was just about college students going through four years of college. They arrived with certain expectations, made friends, changed expectations, fell in love, fell out love, and then had to say goodbye. I’d just been in a faculty production of Three Sisters which I’m sure had something to do with it, because that’s about how time just goes on and you think you’re getting somewhere and you don’t know where you’re getting and then it all goes away.