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Jan 11, 2017

I Interview Playwrights Part 903: Natalie Margolin

Natalie Margolin

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current Town: New York, NY

Q: Tell me about Tutus:

A: Tutus is a play about a girl who poops in her tutu during her first ballet recital. It explores how we process experiences; reminding us how important it is to laugh when things feel tragic, and questioning what happens when there's no room for laughter anymore.

Q: What else are you working on now?:

A: I just finished a production of my first play, The Power of Punctuation, this summer at the Davenport theatre and now my focus is on Tutus and learning how to cook chicken.

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

A: In second grade I was given an assignment to write a picture book. I was eight years old. My classmates wrote stories about their moms and dads, soccer, princesses, and pets. I, however wrote a picture book titled "The Real Fake Story of Bill Clinton." At the second grade presentation of these picture books another parent looked at my father and said, "well, she is different."

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

A: I would change the price of tickets! I want theatre to be accessible! I want to get young people in the seats!

Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?:

A: Bernadette Peters, Martin McDonagh, Steven Sondheim, Robert Askins, August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, my college professor and mentor Wendy Macleod and my high school teachers Ted Walch and Michelle Spears.

Q: What kind of theater excites you?:

A: A wide range of theatre excites me! I think overall what I react most to is honesty. I love theatre that feels rooted in truth. I love theatre that is funny and heartbreaking. Because life is funny and heartbreaking! I'm a strong believer that comedy and drama should not be mutually exclusive. I love walking out of the theatre still carrying the story I just saw with me, it can feel like such a precious gift.

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

A: What a kind question! My biggest piece of advice is to trust your instincts and the stories you want to tell. It's important to both be in tune with the world around you and to take the time to be alone, developing and finding your voice. Write 20 minutes every day! (I honestly don't do that but I really want to start doing that.)

Q: Plugs, please

A: I'm so thrilled to be working with the insightful director, Alyssa White, and an incredible cast on this reading! The cast includes Matt Walker, Sarah Sanders, Julia Greer, Sarah White, Peter Falls, Taylor Harlow, and Raffaello Perfetto. Please come to Theatrelab on Wednesday the 18th at 7pm or Sunday the 22nd at 2pm! http://www.blackcoffeeproductions.org/

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