Jul 7, 2011
I Interview Playwrights Part 368: Dana Lynn Formby
Dana Lynn Formby
Hometown: Cheyenne Wyoming
Current Town: Chicago Illinois
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am currently working on rewrites for Corazón de Manzana that will be starting previews August 20th of this year. I am also working on a rewrite of my play American Beauty Shop.
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 brother and I pulled our bow and arrows on each other in our shooting range in the back yard. We were about four feet from each other. Dad had to talk us down. I guess this memory explains a lot about my writing because we were laughing together a few seconds before and ready to kill each other in that next moment. Dad took the shooting range down that afternoon.
Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?
A: Charles Smith for being my mentor, and for writing such palpable disturbing images in his plays. Lynn Nottage for her ability to find beauty in dark places.
Q: What kind of theater excites you?
A; Inexpensive and down to earth. I come from a Blue Collar Background and was not raised to go to the theatre. When I see a show my folks would love, that makes me happy.
Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
A: You have to tell the critic in your brain to go get a bag of chips while you write. He can come back later and tell you stuff, but he shouldn’t be there while you are creating.
Q: Plugs, please:
A: My play Corazón de Manzana opens at the DCA Store Front theatre on August 26th and runs through September 26th. Here is a link