Thursday, May 29, 2014

I Interview Playwrights Part 662: Matt Moses

Matt Moses

Hometown: Marine Park and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Current Town: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Q:  Tell me about The Cloud.

A:  It’s a comedy that takes place in the internet.

I was thinking of the internet as a sort of magical Shakespearean forest. The kind you see in As You Like It and Midsummer. In THE CLOUD characters use their smartphones and computers (and knowledge of each other’s passwords) to masquerade as one another.

Director Wes Grantom, the design team and a great group of actors have done a fantastic job of bringing it to life. It’s running at HERE until June 1st.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  The main things right now are rewriting a new play called Index Crimes. It’s about a NYC police officer who takes on his superiors after witnessing injustices within the department. I’m also working on a new play about a girl who comes to believe that she’s the love child of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinksy.

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 dad’s a journalist. When I was about 7 I visited him when he was working at the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan during the trial of the Westies, a notorious Hell’s Kitchen based crime family. It was scary seeing the accused murderers and their family members in the courtroom. My father told me that if you look into a mobster’s eyes you can see that they’re dead inside.

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

A:  Would be great if there were more venues in the US that did large cast plays by American writers.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Pinter, Richard Nelson, Paula Vogel, Ken Prestininzi, Michael Frayn, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  All sorts really. I love great acting. I love when it’s funny. A good story is nice. Dense language skillfully navigated can be thrilling.

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

A:  Write good scenes.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  Come see THE CLOUD at HERE Arts Center til June 1st. Link to tickets and show info is here:

Also, I perform every Friday night at 10:30 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea with house group The Law Firm.

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