Sunday, March 17, 2013

I Interview Playwrights Part 558: Stuart Flack



Stuart Flack

Hometown: Evanston

Current Town: Chicago (Lincoln Park)

Q:  What are you working on now?

A:  1) a evening length multi-displinary performance piece in collaboration with The Seldoms a Chicago based dance company run by the amazing Carrie Hanson about LBJ and the exercise of political power, which will premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014.

2) Floaters -- full length play about hallucinations, reading at Chicago Dramatist in April 2013

3) A couple of other full length plays, one with puppets, one based on the weirdest story in the old testament.

4) Maybe a musical featuring people recently exonerated and released from Jail.

Q:  How would you characterize the Chicago theater scene?

A:  Wonderful in aggregate. Best in the U.S. Although many/most companies and artist live hand to mouth, which is a shame.

Q:  Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a person.

A:  Saw from up close world champ Milwaukee Bucks (1970) with Kareem and Oscar Robertson, play against the Bulls a bunch of times with my best friend (at the time) Steve and his parents at the old Chicago stadium. Back in the day when good seats didn't cost a fortune and were for people who loved the game, not silly celebs. The best two man combo ever on a basketball court. Who better? Maybe the best combination of two people doing anything together ever. Who knows? Bulls of that era also not so bad either.

Kareem was and still is a miracle.

Q:  If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?

A:  More people should come to things that aren't bway musicals and sketch comedy (both of which are fine by way, but come on. enough.)

Q:   Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Beckett and Brecht.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  Plays that invite you to feel, think or experience something new; A Red Orchids recent production of "The Aliens".

Q:  What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?

A:  Fasten your seat belts and put your seat-backs and tray tables in the upright position

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  Go see actual plays. Many worse ways to spend two hours and twenty bucks.

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