Williams's last play, No Remission, was the runner-up for the Mobil Playwrighting Award and Wax was astute enough to pick it up when other more established companies passed it by. The London premiere caused something of a sensation. As a result, the Arts Council provided money to commission his latest play.
Running a new writing company is a tough game. A disproportionate amount of time is spent fundraising. Yet Wax and his associate director are ambitious on behalf of their writers. The three-week run at the Almeida is dangerously expensive. 'It's risky or daring, depending on which way you look at it. We could have done the play at a repertory theatre out of town, but we felt the Almeida offered a better chance of taking the play forward.'
Their ambitions extend some way into the future. They are negotiating with Leicester Haymarket to premiere Phyllis Nagy's Disappeared, coincidentally the runner-up for last year's Mobil Award. 'Both of them have incredibly distinctive voices. You can really see the worlds they create. Their work is uncategorisable. I love that.'
'The Life of the World to Come' opens at the Almeida on Wednesday. Box office: 071-359 4404