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Aug 15, 2019

I Interview Playwrights Part 1056: Richard Ploetz

Richard Ploetz

Hometown: Metuchen, NJ

Current Town: New York City – Manhattan – East Village

Q: What are you working on now?

A: TRYPTCH – set in the Whitney Museum of American Art during a Picasso and the American artists he influenced show.

We’re also currently in rehearsal for an evening of my one-acts, Dining with Ploetz, which opens next month at Theater for the New City.

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

A: While serving at a Naval Air Station in Morocco I wrote long homesick letters home describing my experiences – my mother responded in long descriptive letters telling of life back home. The letters became my Journal which I keep to this day – the primary source of all my writing.

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

A: Nothing. It’s always been hard getting your work out. Unfortunately, it’s very expensive putting a show up these days. But you can do it with friends and determination.

Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A: Samuel Beckett; Harold Pinter

Q: What kind of theater excites you?

A: I love quirky, well-written dialogue – strange but ordinary stories that slide off the stage and lodge in your head.

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

A: Write, write, write – listen to good actors saying your words – revise, revise – no matter how convincing a critic or friend – trust yourself. Of course, don’t write to fashion, write for yourself. Only a very very few, by luck and bulldog perseverance, manage to make a living at this game. So, what.

Q: Plugs, please:

A: My new plays DINING WITH PLOETZ runs September 5 – 22 at Theater for the New City. Tickets and info are available at http://nedworksproductions.org

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