It’s art at its quick, fun, and dirty best. The short time-frame, the other artists, the not knowing until you show up who and what you will be working with—they all inspire leaps of faith, weird turns, and a little bit of whistling in the dark.
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences?
I wrote a poem. I’m most excited to see what it becomes in the hands of the director and actors for our audiences—I’ve never had that experience before!
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
The visual prompt as well as hearing my team talk about their experiences in and thoughts about Seattle took me in a direction I didn’t anticipate. I tried to come into the experience without a plan, and to see what caught my attention, and I loved following those threads. I can certainly say I wrote a poem that there is no way I would have written without this experience.
You’ve already named them…I also have a soft spot for cheap vodka with soda and lime.
This edition of Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets tackles the theme of (D)Constructing Seattle. What is one aspects of living in Seattle that you either love or hate – and why?
I don’t live in Seattle. I never have.
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?
I have no idea—that’s part of the fun!
Can you tell us something about your aesthetic and approach as a writer, actor, or visual artist?
Process for this particular poem went something like this: write shitty freewrite. find tempting idea. ponder. percolate. write shitty first draft. ponder. percolate. write okay second draft. write comments and questions all over second draft. send draft to trusted writer friends. take some of their advice. ignore the rest of it. write another draft. sleep on it. write another. feel okay about it. send it in because it’s due to the rest of the team. immediately think about more revisions.
Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets plays February 5 – 6 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill. Friday performance is at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:30 pm. and 10:00 pm. Tickets are available here: http://seattletheatreworks.org/