Monday, September 08, 2014

I Interview Playwrights Part 691: Diana Oh

Photo by Tessa Beligue

Diana Oh

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current Town: NYC

Q:  Tell me about {my lingerie play}:

A:  {my lingerie play} is a collection of 10 underground and unconventionally located visual and performance installations in my lingerie:

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE shows, an indie feature, Baby No More Times, reading Letters to a Young Artist by, Anna Deveare Smith.

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

A:   I saw a pigeon die in my mother's hands once. It broke me. So much less about the pigeon. So much more about everything that came before the pigeon. Can't think about it without choking up.

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

A:  $ (Funding, Rent, Funding, Affordability, Funding) but we're getting clever about it.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Kathleen Hanna

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  The ruthless kind.

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

A:  Honor the blank page.

And then I read these everyday:

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ~Anne Sexton

“Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite–getting something down.” ~Julia Cameron

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~Andy Warhol

“It’s better to fail in originality, than succeed in imitation.” ~Herman Melville

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

‎”Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads” ~Erica Jong

“No artist tolerates reality.” ~Nietzsche

“Don’t market yourself. Editors and readers don’t know what they want until they see it. Scratch what itches. Write what you need to write, feed the hunger for meaning in your life. Play at the serious questions of life and death.” ~Donald M. Murray

“Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.” ~Joss Whedon

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” ~Bob Marley

“Be yourself — not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~Steve Jobs

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

”If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” ~Joseph Campbell

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~Robert Frost

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  {my lingerie play} on Facebook:
{my lingerie play} on Upworthy:
Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE on Facebook:

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