Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I Interview Playwrights Part 471: Sarah Schulman
Hometown: New York City
Current Town: New York City
Q: What are you working on now?
A: A new play about sexual harassment and race.
Q: Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a person.
A: Like many of my generation I was handed The Diary of Anne Frank at an early age and it taught me that girls could be writers.
Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?
A: Right now the standard is to reflect back to producers and their identified audiences, their perceptions of themselves. I would change this so that the standard for theater would be to expand what we understand about being alive.
Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?
A: I must admit that Cherry Jones has inspired and frustrated me for many years.
Q: What kind of theater excites you?
A: Work that grapples with something that matters while expanding the kinds of experiences, points of view and characters seen on the American stage.
Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
A: Don't do it.
Q: Plugs, please:
A: Most recent book: The Gentrification of the Mind:Witness to a Lost Imagination (U of California Press)