Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I Interview Playwrights Part 631: Monica Bauer



Monica Bauer

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Current town: Derby, CT

Q:  Tell me about upcoming solo shows:

A:  Made for Each Other is a play for one actor playing four parts, about a gay marriage that may or may not happen. I wrote it for an actor I knew well, John Fico. I melded some of his own experiences with my experience watching my mother in law die from Alzheimer's, then fictionalized it all. It's not a typical solo show, it's a real play.

The Year I Was Gifted is an autobiographical show I perform myself, about my year as a scholarship student at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where I met my first gay friend. I had to decide whether or not to put my scholarship at risk to stand up for gay rights. I call it a gay-straight love story.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  Doing revisions of Porter's Will. It was done recently as a staged reading at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity, and won for Best Overall Production of a Staged Reading, but that doesn't mean I'm done with it!

Q:  Tell me a story about your childhood that explains who you are as an artist or as a person.

A: I got kicked out of Catholic school in the 6th grade for heresy. Enough said...

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

A:  I'd make it easier to get second productions of good plays after the premiere!

Q:  Who are your theatrical heroes?

A:  Kate Snodgrass and Gary Garrison. I love Arthur Miller and Martin McDonough equally; go figure.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  I need a real story with a beginning, middle, and an end. I describe myself as Aristotle's Bitch when it comes to structure, but I also need to be moved emotionally.

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

A:  Write the play that only you can write.And don't forget the funny; especially when you're writing characters with big needs and big stakes, make the audience comfortable enough to follow your characters all the way.

Q:  Plugs:

A:  Both solo shows are running at Stage Left Studio Off-Off Broadway in a double bill we are calling "The Gifted Series". You can see one or both. Gifted is on at 7pm, Made for Each Other is on at 9pm, every Friday night beginning February 7th's preview, with a special talkback moderated by Martin Denton of Indie Theater Now.Running every Friday night from Feb. 7th through the end of March. Tickets and discounts at http://www.stageleftstudio.net/
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