Monday, September 15, 2014

I Interview Playwrights Part 694: Robert O'Hara

Robert O'Hara

Hometown:  Cincinnati

Current Town:  New York City

Q:  Tell me about Booty Candy.

A:  It's a satirical exploration of the life of a young Playwright, Sutter. He is Black and Gay and it follows a non linear path through short scenes or playlets several of which was written over many years and now formed into an abstract narrative.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  I'm finishing a rewrite of my play called Zombie: The American which is a dystopian satire set in 2063 with the first Gay President facing a second civil war and Zombies in the basement of the White House. It will have its world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theater in DC this coming Spring. I'm also workshopping a new play of mine called Barbecue, about a crazy family performing an Intervention at a Barbecue.

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

A:  When I was probably in the third grade, my ink pen burst in my pants and the boys said I had gotten my period and I didn't know what they meant and when I got home I asked my mother what a period was and she looked at me dumb founded and then said, "Look it up, that's what I bought you that dictionary for."

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

A:  The price of a Ticket.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Lorraine Hansberry, George C. Wolfe, Tony Kushner, Edward Albee, Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  Bold and Adventurous.

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

A:  Go see plays. Learn what is being done. Then do something different.

Q:  Plugs, please:

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