Thank you for posting this interview. I find it very inspiring and I will certainly return to it to tap into some of your terrific ideas. You caught my interest immediately with the mention of Romulus Linney. I was blessed to have Linney as one of my writing instructors when I was a student at U. of Penn. He was a great man.
I am not familiar with Sara Ruhl's work - I will be sure to check her out.
I particularly like the way you mix "concept" with "narrative" in your play ideas. Apparently, you think in dramatic terms - an excellent habit when working in theater (no duh, huh?).
I also like your suggestion to have a character do "the most inappropriate thing" as a way to approach comedy. I will take that suggestion as well.
I believe strongly in that immediate relationship between the actor and the audience. This is the aspect of theater that appeals to me the most. When I worked in film, I was awed by writer-directors who pursued a similar objective (John Cassavetes, Werner Herzog, Lars Von Trier, Harmony Korine) but I feel it exists in its most immediate form on the stage. Like a live musical performance by a great improvisational musician, whatever happens in that moment forges an intimacy that can't be dissolved or replicated.
I look forward to delving into your work. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Thanks for reading the interview. She asked some great questions. It's a good blog to follow. She has a many arts connections throughout the world, and tries to present an eclectic mix.
Jim C - I was fortunate to be at The O'Neill Theater Center a couple of the times that Romulus Linney was in-house. I got to have dinner with a couple of times, plus here him speak to the summer conference. I learned a few things listening to him.
Send me a PM with an email address if you'd like me to send you a play to check out.
Yeah, we had a great talk via phone. Got into it so much that Kim forgot to take enough notes. Then we ran a few rounds of email questions and answers. It was a very good experience. If you ever run into Kim Terrell, be sure to sit down and talk arts over some beverages and food. It will get your mind buzzing.