Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I Interview Playwrights Part 951: Amy Fox






Amy Fox

Hometown:  Boulder CO

Current Town:  Brooklyn

Q:  Tell me about your EST marathon play.

A:  My play is about women finding their strength and their voices to resist what society imposes on them. One character make plans to attend the Women's March, while her cousin prefers to knit a "pussy hat," but their attitude shift after a visit from a mysterious woman relaying actual instructions from the 1949 Singer Sewing Machine.

Q:  What else are you working on now?

A:  At the moment, I'm working on a screenplay about a new mom who is drawn to an artist colony with a cultish dark side.

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 around 11 my family visited Mark Twain's home and saw that he had a writing studio adjacent to the house. When we came back to Colorado I insisted I needed a writing studio, so we set one up between two bushes in the backyard – basically a table with a tablecloth and my notebooks. My brother kept teasing me that I thought I was Mark Twain. But I persisted, and wrote longhand the beginnings of a novel about two friends who become jealous of one another in their ice skating class.

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

A:  Wow. That's a big question. I think there has to be a better way to connect audiences with new voices.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  My three earliest playwriting teachers: Wendy Hammond, Len Berkman and Connie Congdon.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A:  Really good human storytelling. My tastes are not particularly experimental. I just want to see human beings in a room engaging with me with language.

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

A:  Every play you write will teach you something about your process and your voice. Give yourself the space and time to do that work and the rest will follow.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  Check out my film, Equity, about women on Wall Street. I don't believe it is streaming yet but can be found on Amazon and iTunes.


BY AMY


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