Click a heading for more information.
A Broadway Play Publishing author (right near Aeschylus!).
Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Featured in the Playwrights Horizons archive.
Profiled in New Learning Times.
Family member of Broadway Sings for Pride.
Friend of Daniel’s Place.
Participant in PBS Kids Writers Roundtable.
Served as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA/Americorps), in 1980-81.
Honored with New York Foundation for the Arts playwriting grant.
Invited to New River Dramatists writing center, in Healing Springs, North Carolina.
Pictured with collaborators on Google Images.
Legal representation by Herzog Law Group.
Web representation by Online&.
Married to Lisa Vogel, co-creator of their offspring Jake and Anna.
Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Peter Handke, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Looney Tunes, Pilobolus, Jazz, The Brothers Grimm, Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War stories, Camus’ The Stranger, Walter Edmonds’ Two Logs Crossing, Wagner, Brecht/Weill, the Winnebago Trickster myth cycle, Doctor Strangelove, Sam Shepard’s early one-acts, Georges Feydeau, Carol MacVey, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Parental Influences: Joanne Morgan (mom), Willard Aronson (dad)
If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
Don’t play what you know, play what you don’t know.
If you’re not willing to take the risk of breaking your neck, what good is it?
Life does not cease to be serious when people laugh any more than it ceases to be funny when people die.
—George Bernard Shaw
The most refined and profound emotional experience that a man may be honored with is the feeling of mystery.
First and finally, and all along the line, you write because you want to write, have to write. For yourself.
If you want to play something you just play it. You bang on it or blow on it until a sound comes out.
Every note that comes is inevitable. It could have been no other note.
—Bernstein on Beethoven
The structure [of the double helix] was too pretty not to be true.
I want to bring something to people that feels like happiness.
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
In all natural things there is something to move wonder.
Give people something to dream on.
Please go all the way.
I want something to work on.
You learn by doing.
—my Uncle Sig Robbins
You have to wake people up. Make them foam at the mouth. Force them to understand that they’re living in a pretty queer world.
She has risked the ridiculous to achieve the sublime.
—Rolling Stone re. Joni Mitchell/Blue
I’ve learned that depression is necessary for growth.
I think I was born worried.
When you’re drowning you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream!
Few sinners are ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
—Sergei Diaghilev to Cocteau
Stop making sense!
You shouldn’t try to please your parents.
You make it, it breaks. Then you cry. They tell you not to cry. You make a new one.
—Jake Aronson (age 5)
I like boogers; They taste good.
—Anna Aronson (age 2)