Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Interview Playwrights Part 781: Gregg Kreutz

Gregg Kreutz

Hometown:  Madison, Wisconsin

Current Town:  New York City

Q:  What are you working on now?

A:  I've just finished a three person comedy called Hollywood Dog. Set in a Red Hook Brooklyn walkup, it charts the desperate effort of an actor and a director to extract the reprehensible movie they made in college from the clutches of the actor's moralistic wife.

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

A:  Maybe the theater bug first bit me when, in the third grade, I starred as the district attorney in the oral-hygiene drama; The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, And Nothing but the Tooth.

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

A:  Less obsessed with societal mission, more respectful of comedy.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Allen Aykborn is to me the greatest living playwright. Also Ray Cooney--author of such British farces as Run for your Wife and Move over Mrs. Markham--gave me very good advice early in my career. He said "For farce to work, a plausible situation needs to slowly unravel. If it starts out too frenetically it will wear out the audience and they'll (horrifying thought) stop laughing."

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  Theater where the characters are convincing, the situations are compelling, and the play moves in an exciting arc.

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

A:  Study successful plays for their structure and find a company of actors willing to take a chance on a newcomer.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  My most recent Samuel French play--Death by Golf-- can be seen this September at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theater in Goodfield Illinois.

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