Friday, December 23, 2016

I Interview Playwrights Part 900: Stuart Fail



Stuart Fail

Hometown: McHenry, IL.

Current Town: New York.

Q:  Tell me about Consider the Lilies.

A:  Paul is an aging, alcoholic artist who engages in reckless behavior much to the disappointment of his agent, David. As David tries to return Paul to his former glory, Paul spends most of his time trying to get David to fall in love with him. David loves Angela, who has become pregnant from another man. The volatile relationships lead to a tragic ending.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  I wrote a play called The Book of James. It is going to be at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre on January 31st and February 5th as part of their Winter Play Spectacular.

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 saw a horrific accident where a semi tractor trailer crashed into another vehicle. The driver was pinned in the seat and the cab caught fire. I felt I needed to write about it, not sure why exactly, in the form of a diary entry. I asked my family to read it to get their thoughts--they all wept. I wasn't until I was a bit older when I thought I could write to share feelings with others when it was too difficult to do it verbally.

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

A:  To have playwrights and companies trying hard to get their work seen, to be able to afford staging their work with a national fund that focuses primarily on new works and theaters. There are many artists that have something valuable to say.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Any playwright who can inspire me to write or direct because their work is so significant.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  Theater about the underdog trying to survive in an indifferent society.

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

A:  I don't know if I'm in the place where I could do that yet. I have so much to learn myself.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  The Book of James at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre January 31st and February 5th.
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