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May 19, 2015

I Interview Playwrights Part 741: Emily Conbere

Emily Conbere

Hometown: Red Wing, MN

Current Town: Seattle, WA

Q:  Tell me about your upcoming show:

A:  Mason and Isa retreat to the woods after a car accident leaves her body and his mind wrecked. Between long walks to the 7-11 and a lingering obsession with birds, the couple grapples with a visit from the one guy they both can’t get out of their minds.

I'm super excited about the director, Paul Budraitis, because I've fallen in love with his ability to create stunning and beautiful imagery on stage. If anyone can do it, I believe in his ability to make feathers float out of Isa's beautiful scarlet mouth. It's opening at West of Lenin in Seattle in September, 2015, produced by The Umbrella Project.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  I'm working on a play for Custom Made Play Project featuring three of my favorite actors in the Seattle area: Betsy Schwartz, Kelly Kitchens, and Rebecca Olson. I'm also working on a musical with singer/ songwriter Heather Robb about Judee Sill. I get to develop both of these as part of New Century Theater's playwrights group.

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 little, I really wanted pets. One day my mother found me playing with some dead mice in the basement. I guess I've always felt that you can have what you want, if you have the ability to make it up.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Albee, O'Neill, Genet, and Ionesco. Mabou Mines.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  The kind that stabs you right in the heart.

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

A:  Don't get an MFA unless is it free or mostly funded.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  Knocking Bird. West of Lenin, Seattle, September. 2015.

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