Friday, February 13, 2015

I Interview Playwrights Part 719: Edmond Malin


Edmond Malin

Hometown: Park Ridge, NJ

Current Town: Brooklyn, NY

Q:  Tell me about your upcoming shows.

A:  “The Addicts” will run April 16-May 3 at Theater For The New City. In this play, the Jewish Supporters of Christ try out their new marketing approach on the Black Hebrew Israelite community just to be inclusive. During his door-to-door missionary work, Stephen Zuckerman meets Isaac Rabinowitz, only they originally met in college and may still have feelings for each other. Canada, still paranoid since the Cold War began there in 1945, finally becomes a belligerent superpower while the USA chills out. Why do people (and empires) go from one addictive behavior to another?
In addition, “Generic Magic Realism”, a show I wrote for which Nat Cassidy received a 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance, will return this Fall in the United Solo Festival.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  “Inversion of the Baby Snatchers” shows us the lives of unemployed computer programmers, whose jobs have gone to the parallel world of India. In both worlds, of course, there is a Star Trek fan club, with similar folks (Roger and Herman vs. Raju and Hemanth). They find they can help each other stop trafficking of adoptable babies, all thanks to the innumerable contributions of India to mathematics.

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 grew up on the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy radio series and playing jazz. That was the beginning of my trying to write plays of any kind with strong dialogue and a sense of comic timing.

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

A:  I love observing, participating in and reviewing for festivals like FringeNYC, Planet Connections, United Solo and Frigid. Keeping such festivals all around the world going strong gives artists a chance to develop and tour their work, and make alliances. More, longer and more amazing festivals, please. Maybe even in New Jersey.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  I like Tom Stoppard, Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, Mac Wellman, Moliere, Gilbert & Sullivan, Danny Kaye.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  I don’t want to be comfortable. Theater can brings up issues that a well-mannered person’s brain tries to ignore. Theater can have no words, or no distinguishable characters, or can merge all sorts of art forms.

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

A:  Be yourself and keep writing about what interests you.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  Please see my group Temerity Theatre on Facebook and at www.Temeritytheatre.org. Please, please patronize Indietheaternow, which was kind enough to include my play “Óscar Tango-Bravo” in the “Plays and Playwrights 2015” anthology.

 
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