Interview with Erica Bennett on "Bender"
Q: What kind of playwright is Erica Bennett? How would you describe your playwriting? A: I am a conflicted playwright, who struggles daily with passion v. politeness. However, I am fully committed to writing stories that address the struggles of damaged American women and the men in their lives. New Yorker reviewer John Lahr said in an interviewthat playwright Clifford Odets’ work “...has a rhythm and a lyricism, and in that lyricism, it’s straining to expand the bounds
Interview with Nicholas Thurkettle on his One-Act: "The Rothko"
Q: In The Rothko, a man impulsively kicks a great painting, causing what's estimated to be millions of dollars in damage. The play was inspired by a real-life incident, correct? A: Yes, Steve Wynn, the billionaire casino magnate, had just struck a deal to sell a Picasso from his collection called Le Rêve for $139 million. The night before he was supposed to ship it out, he brought some friends into his office to show it off and accidentally jabbed his elbow through it. H
Interview with Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm on "Gray People"
Q: Since people are going to be hearing much more from you in the future, they should be acquainted with how to pronounce your name. It's pronounced kazmir-OVITZ-trimm, correct? A: Haha, close. It’s actually Kazmir-OVICH-trimm, though you were much closer than most. I’ve gotten everything from Kazmeerboweeztrimm (I’m not sure where they got the “B” from) to Kazmerrychristmastrimm. Q: You are a Syracuse University BFA acting graduate who came to Southern California via a f
The 49 Minds Behind OC-Centric
Four playwrights. Four directors. Twenty-one actors.Two producers and a production assistant. A lighting designer, a scenic designer, a costume designer, a sound designer and a booth op. Four stage managers. A props master. In the case of two of the shows, a composer and a dramaturg. A running crew of three. A website designer and print designer (that's right, we're getting a new website). A great university and its theatre department as our gracious hosts. This is the cre