Interview with Cambria Denim, playwright of "A Girl Smiles In The Arctic"
Q: A Girl Smiles in the Arctic is getting its second production here at OC-Centric, having won Best Play at the Secret Theatre's Act One: One-Act Festival in NYC this spring. It is a tender comedy involving Justin Bieber, a young Siberian Inuit woman, and a middle-aged Englishman who all find themselves in a conjoined dream. Where did that all come from? A: There’s a TV writer named Nell Scovell who, when asked where she gets her ideas, says it’s sort of like being asked how
Interview with Buddy Farmer, playwright of "Joey & Mare"
Q: As your bio mentions, you played football for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Very few playwrights seem to come out of top-ranked college football programs. Were you even into theatre at that time, or were you thinking NFL? A: I was not into theatre during my years at Alabama. And after three concussions, one cracked rib, and a torn groin muscle I had no aspirations to play in the NFL nor was I talented enough. Hence, I just focused on getting a degree in busines
Interview with Darren Andrew Nash, playwright of "Allegory of the Cave"
Q: The title of Allegory of the Cave, of course, refers to Plato's famed allegory explaining that the reality of our existence may be different than the reality we manufacture, or the reality that someone else manufactures for us. In performance, actors step out of everyday reality into a "reality" they collectively manufacture, in which they and the audience suspend their disbelief. Do you see your play as a commentary on the levels of reality and identity we assume in actin
Interview with James Colgan, playwright of "The Mulberry Bush"
Q: Your bio says that you entered theatre as an actor, and I understand that you have also been a lawyer. How have those two experiences informed your playwriting? A: I think it's a must for a playwright to have first been an actor and also to have had a fair amount of experience on the stage before turning to writing. I had been acting for almost ten years, doing all manner of roles in several different theatres, before I tackled writing a play. I think the experience helps