Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I Interview Playwrights Part 711: Guy Picot




Guy Picot

Hometown: Brighton, UK

Current Town: Los Angeles

Q:  Tell me about The Christmas Present.

A:"The Christmas Present" is a seasonal comedy about a man who checks himself into a hotel and hires a prostitute for Christmas. The three characters are the man, the prostitute, and the prostitute he was hoping for, so it alternates between fantasy and reality. It's been done a few times in the UK and this is the third time it's been done in the US, it feels super Englishy here.

Q: What else are you working on now?

A:  A play called "The Life You Wish For", which has a twenty-five year intermission We meet some ambitious twenty-somethings in the first act, then see what they become in their late forties. One of them starts out as a comedy hypnotist and ends up as a motivational speaker, hence the title.

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

A:  I remember going to see "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as a field trip when I was maybe thirteen. The actor playing Puck climbed a scaffolding spider's web to spy on the lovers. A light socket hung down from the grid and he playfully batted it. In class the next day, the teacher brought up the moment, saying that the actor was pretending it was a vine or something. I knew he was wrong, the actor was reminding us that we were in a theatre. And that was good.

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

A:  Your spelling of it.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Beckett and Pinter.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  I love spectacle, you go to see a play, not just listen to it.

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

A:  When writing your brilliant play, remember to write brilliant parts. In small scale theatre, plays get done because actors want to be in them.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  The Christmas Present is at Theatre of Note Dec 9-24th. www.facebook.com/events/834816729912224/


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