Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I Interview Playwrights Part 511: Colman Domingo
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current Town: New York City
Q: Tell me about Wild With Happy.
A: Wild With Happy is a zany, crazy, out of it's mind new play that I both wrote and am acting in which is currently having it's world premiere production at the Public Theatre. It's about a forty-something year old man named Gil, played by yours truly, who loses his mother and the drama, hilarity and insanity that ensues. I've been calling it a "dark comedy about death and Disney World."
Q: What else are you working on?
A: Well, at the moment, I don't have a free moment between the hats I wear as actor and playwright at Wild With Happy, but I am really excited to say I'm in Steven Spielberg's upcoming film Lincoln - which I have seen and is spectacular as well as Lee Daniel's film The Butler, which will come out next year.
Q: How does your acting work inform your playwriting and vice versa?
A: Well, I feel that they really go hand in hand. I've always considered myself an actor's playwright. I am very sensitive to what is happening on stage, both when I am on and when I'm off. Making sure I am sensitive to how particular bits as well as the piece as a whole land on the tongue and then tweaking to make the piece sound and feel very clear.
Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?
A: Ticket prices! To make sure theatre is available for everyone regardless of your economic situation.
Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?
A: Geoffrey Holder, George Wolfe, David Belasco, Uta Hagen, The Lunts!
Q: What kind of theater excites you?
A: Theatre that slaps you in the face, makes you think, inspires you and shatters you to your core.
Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
A: Follow your own voice - learn to be a storyteller based on what excites YOU about theatricality.