It’s crazy, I tell ya, crazy! My mind is still reeling from the first meeting. I’m still somewhat confused about the whole thing, but then again I was always on the wrong end of the field. I feel good about the team that I’m on and have met some great people so far!
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences? I’m a playwright. I’m just glad to be able to vent my frustration over some changes in Seattle with someone other than my wife. She’s very excited as well.
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
I love writing from a prompt and for something specific like a festival. You have to consider all aspects of theater (audience, actor, director) for a short play. The process forces you hone your focus. Ok, now forces, hone and focus all look really weird to me now.
I’d say tequila. It’s simple and straight to the point.
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?
Come see my play. I’m going to try to make it, that is, if I can carve out an hour + to drive from North Seattle to Capitol Hill on a Friday night.
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?
I think it’s a great mix of artist disciplines. After seeing an evening of theater like this, hopefully they will come away amazed at the creativity that Seattle has to offer and want to see more events like it.
Can you tell us something about your aesthetic and approach as a writer, actor, or visual artist?
I’m still learning as a writer. Every time I approach a project it is for different reasons, but my voice is starting to become stronger and my body of work is definitely along the lines of dark humor. I would have thought I’d be a more comedic writer, but find what I write is on the darker side and very humanistic.
Please provide a brief artists bio here and any links to relevant websites.
FB page: Jennifer Jasper – I Tell Stories
Jennifer Jasper has been performing, directing and writing in Seattle for, well, many years. She has created and performed three solo shows based on her own stories. A collection of stories from her first show, “I Can Hear You...But I’m Not Listening” is being published early next year. She is co-producer and host of Family Affair, a monthly cabaret. She is currently working on an Off Broadway production of her short plays, “Pressing Matters” which will premiere in NYC in the spring of 2017. She is directing “Eulogy”, a new solo show by Kevin Kent (Teatro Zinzanni) opening March 18th at West of Lenin. She is excited to be part of the Medicine Ball team!