Saturday, August 28, 2010
I Interview Playwrights Part 248: Jessica Goldberg
Hometown: Woodstock, NY.
Current Town: LA.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I'm working on a new play with Darrell Griffin Sr. who lost his son in Iraq. Darrell, a CPA from Van Nuys, became obsessed with what happened to his son there, and decided he needed to go to Iraq to find out--together we've turned his extraordinary story into a piece of theater. I'm writing an adaptation of the book PASSING STRANGE by Martha Sandweiss for HBO, a pilot for ABC, and rewriting the film Heart of a Soldier for Universal.
Q: Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a person.
A: My parents used to pile the three of us kids into their beat up yellow station wagon to visit the grandparents in Connecticut. Ten minutes into the drive, we'd be beating the shit out of each other. The only way our parents could get us to calm down was to put a Leonard Cohen in the tape deck, soon we'd be singing along.
Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?
A: Support, support, support.
Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?
A: Chekhov, Fornes, Churchill, Shepard... those are the first to jump into my head.
Q: What kind of theater excites you?
A: Character, story, language, imagination...
Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
A: Build community. If you cant get your work up, put it up yourself. And, most importantly, always be writing.