Medicine Ball is one of my favorite theatrical events of the year! Playwrights and Poets “compete” to see who can best interpret a piece of visual art in an amazing creative collaboration.
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences?
I am a playwright, and I’m excited to share my own take on Seattle and its history with the audience.
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
It’s always a stretch to think about writing to a specific theme and prompt as well as to a specific group of actors. This year I ended up writing a 10 minute play for 5 men. As a writer who tends to focus on women’s stories, this was a chance to stretch and do something different.
I have many fond memories of drinking a cheap whiskey called Canadian Mist out of coffee mugs in college. These days it’s still hard to go wrong with cheap wine. Bring on the Two Buck Chuck!
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?
As a relative Seattle newbie, I’m still in awe of the natural beauty and temperate weather! I also love that the art scene is large and diverse, but not so overwhelming that it’s been impossible to break into.
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?
Especially this year, I think everyone is going to leave thinking hard about this city we live in and all the wonderful things that make it what it is, and all the ways it’s growing, changing, and struggling.
As a writer, I love telling stories people can relate to and enjoy. I don’t like it when art feels aggressive or like taking your medicine. I strive to tell stories that make you want to keep engaging and keep thinking long after the show is over. So even when I want to challenge you, I’ll make you laugh along the way.
Jessica Andrewartha is back for her third Medicine Ball: Playwrights vs Poets! You may remember her Eye of the World from last year, or On Fly’s Wings from 2014 (that’s evil beavers and dystopian brainwashing respectively). Other short plays have been produced at Theatre Battery, Seattle Playwrights Circle, and The Phoenix Theatre locally, and 20% Theatre Company, Heart and Dagger Productions, and the Jack Studio Theatre farther afield. Full length plays include W.H.I.P. which received a workshop at Theatre Battery, and Where Do We Start? which received a staged reading with SPC. When not writing plays, Jessica blogs about nerd culture at nerdsacademy.wordpress.com.
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/