Monday, September 20, 2010
I Interview Playwrights Part 260: Sibyl Kempson
Hometown: Stockholm. NJ
Current Town: NYC and Tannersville, PA
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Grant applications
Q: Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a person.
A: I heard something in my dad's basement one night. It kept me up all night. I was a little kid. It was a like banging, which happened at intervals and culminated in a terrible grinding sound. It scared the living shit out of me. I never found out what it was. I am certain it was diabolical in nature.
Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?
A: The idea of what theater is.
Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?
A: Mac Wellman.
Q: What kind of theater excites you?
A: Theater that doesn't look like theater and feels like religious ritual.
Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
A: Use your right brain, not your left brain.