Friday, March 20, 2015

I Interview Playwrights Part 729: Antony Raymond

Antony Raymond

Hometown: New York, NY

Current Town: New York, NY

Q:  Tell me about Pretty Babies.

A:  PRETTY BABIES is a play that deals with toxic relationships. I enjoy writing about relationships in general and what attracts us to the ones we choose. This play is all about choosing the wrong ones, I guess.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  I'm working on a satire a some of the Shakespeare romances wrapped into one. Its called NOTHING TO DO ABOUT EVERYTHING OR WHATEVER. Its written all in verse. Iambic pentameter. Its going to be wild. Lots of love triangles. That sort of thing.

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 will say this: I remember really wanting people to like me. I remember Robin Williams saying that once. How he developed as an artist. That it came from a profound place of insecurity in a lot of ways. But, the good news is that the insecurity goes away eventually (with some work) and you're left with some tools you can really play with.

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

A:  Less TV stars with no training and no business doing it and more raw talent, more unknowns, unheard-ofs. Casting directors who actually work to get it right instead of playing it safe. Casting directors with guts and innovative ideas.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Ivo Van Hove, Austin Pendleton, Reed Birney. The actors in my theater company.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  Gutsy theater that raises questions and pushes boundaries. And I love a good dance number too.

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

A:   Just keep writing. Don't worry about the finished product. You'll get there before you know it. As long as you commit to the doing of it.

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