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Co-founder and executive producer, with Jennifer Oxley, of 100 Chickens Productions.

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.

Groupie of Jack & Honey.

Participant in PBS Kids Writers Roundtable.

Served as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA/Americorps), in 1980-81.

Included in New York Beyond Sight audio descriptions for the blind, describing Arch at Grand Army Plaza.

Work included in Cootie Shots: Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry for Kids, Parents, and Teachers.

Honored with New York Foundation for the Arts playwriting grant.

Invited to New River Dramatists writing center, in Healing Springs, North Carolina.

Member of Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and BMI.

Received BA in English/theater from Princeton ’79, MFA in playwriting from Yale Drama School ’83.

Pictured with collaborators on Google Images.

Legal representation by Herzog Law Group.

Web representation by Online&.

Married to Lisa Vogel, co-creator of offspring Jake and Anna.

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Influences

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)

Influences

Firsts

chicken or egg?

Favorite Quotes About Playwriting

If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
      —Henry Ford

Don’t play what you know, play what you don’t know.
      —Miles Davis

If you’re not willing to take the risk of breaking your neck, what good is it?
      —Picasso

If there is an apple cart, you must do your best to upset it.
      —Elvis Costello

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.
      —Albert Einstein

First and finally, and all along the line, you write because you want to write, have to write. For yourself.
      —Harold Pinter

If you want to play something you just play it. You bang on it or blow on it until a sound comes out.
      —Todd Rundgren

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.
      —James Watson

I want to bring something to people that feels like happiness.
      —John Coltrane

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
      —Duke Ellington

In all natural things there is something to move wonder.
      —Aristotle

Give people something to dream on.
      —Jimi Hendrix

Please go all the way.
      —The Raspberries

I want something to work on.
      —Jonathan Larson

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.
      —Picasso

She has risked the ridiculous to achieve the sublime.
      —Rolling Stone re. Joni Mitchell/Blue

I’ve learned that depression is necessary for growth.
      —Joni Mitchell

I think I was born worried.
      —Misty Copeland

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!
      —John Lennon

Few sinners are ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
      —Mark Twain

Astonish me.
      —Sergei Diaghilev to Cocteau

Stop making sense!
      —David Byrne

You shouldn’t try to please your parents.
      —Willard Aronson

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)

Quotes

Me and Eugene Ionesco

Billy Aronson and Eugene Ionesco
Princeton, 1978

Thus Spake Aronthustra