Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets is a group of playwrights and poets writing performance pieces in response to works of art about Seattle. I would say my experience so far has been mostly about giving my work to my director and ensemble of actors and seeing how the collaboration comes to fruition.
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences?
I’m a playwright. I’m excited about sharing my experience of Seattle with the audience as a born/bred Seattleite.
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
It is always good to work on collaboration with folks in different mediums, especially when I had only a week to write a short play.
The writers in Medicine Ball are competing for cheap booze – a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck for the winners and a can of warm Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer for the losers. What is your favorite cheap booze? Why?
My favorite cheap booze is PBR, because it’s cheap, it gets me drunk, and it only kind of tastes like urine.
I love Seattle’s climate, and I love how queer Seattle is. I hate Seattle’s love of self-congratulatory liberalism.
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?
The audience will take away whatever they want to.
Can you tell us something about your aesthetic and approach as a writer, actor, or visual artist?
I have described my writing as queer surrealism that flirts with the experimental and musical. I am fascinated by camp, gender/queer performativity (a la Judith Butler/Eve Sedgwick), and deconstructing power structures through theater. I am most inspired by writers like Bertolt Brecht, Maria Irene Fornes, and Young Jean Lee. Oh, and there’s usually someone eating or drinking in my plays.
Seth is a transfeminine playwright born and raised in Seattle, Washington. They are interested in the intersections of feminism, queer/transgender identity, catharsis, and Epic/presentational aesthetics. Their full length work has been seen with Gay City Arts (Safe, dir. Gary Zinter), Parley (Eat Cake, dir. Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth), and RiOT Productions (Rosemary, dir. L. Nicol Cabe). Their shorter works have been seen at Mo-Wave, The Pocket Theater, West of Lenin, Volunteer Park, and have been presented in association with MAP Theatre, ACT’s 1 Minute Play Festival, Annex Theatre’s Spin the Bottle, and in Portland OR with Fuse Theatre Ensemble. Their play Eat Cake will be presented as part of Annex Theater’s 2016 season. Seth is an alumni of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers’ Retreat, co-founder and co-artistic director of Riot Productions, and is currently developing new work with Parley: A Playwright’s Group. mxsethtankus.weebly.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/