|Deena MP Ronayne|
Hometown: Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The son of my grammar school music teacher was a
|background illustrator for The Simpsons and the Springfield town hall on the series is||modeled after the Chelmsford Public Library.|
Current Town: I currently live in Aberdeen, South Dakota. After I grew up in MA, I spend over
|17 years in Orlando, FL and then moved to the midwest when I married my husband. Aberdeen,||SD is his home town and now it is my home.|
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Usually, I am a producer through my company, Hardly Working Promotions LLC, but when
|COVID hit, I had the time to try writing my own play for the first time. That play is called||“Triple Bypass: Three Ten Minute Plays About Living for Death & Dying for Life.” The||Aberdeen Community Theatre joined forces with me and we made a video of a full production||and I have been putting it in virtual fringe festivals ever since. My next goal is to bring this play||to life in person in several cities around the world with local casts and crews in 2022.|
Q: Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a
|person.||A: As a small child, I wanted to learn how to partner dance, I watched Dirty Dancing a lot…and I||mean A LOT. There were no resources for teaching that kind of dance to a 6 year old where I lived,||so I would play the movie and act out the scenes with my extra large Gumby doll. The lift scene did||not go very well. However, when I think back to my thought process at the time, I see an||unwillingness to wait around for what I wanted, I did my best to create it for myself. This sums up||my growth in the entertainment industry in general because projects are kind of like children||(you can love someone else’s project but never as much as you love your own) and if you don’t find||what you are looking for, the only last limitation to get where you want to be is your imagination.|
Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?
|A: Accessibility across the board needs a major and long overdue overhaul. If I could wave a magic||wand, there would be theatre opportunities for participating and viewing in the most oppressed and||distant areas, there would be one central spot for all audition notices, and there would be an||abundance of diverse artistic grants that don’t take a magnifying glass and a professional fundraiser||to find, apply for, and receive.|
Q: What are your first memories of theatre?
|A: In my home growing up, there were many soundtracks for musicals on record and on tape cassette.||I would listen to all the Andrew Lloyd Webber shows at home, and look at the album art. The very||first show I ever saw was an evening with Michael Crawford at the Wang Center in Boston and he sang||all the hits from ALW musicals. It was years before I realized anyone does anything onstage without||singing.|
Q: What kind of theater excites you?
|A: I adore the concept of immersive theatre and I hope to participate in more of it as things move||further away from the COVID crisis.|
Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
|A: Get as many people as you can to workshop your work. You will get invaluable knowledge about||what is actually conveying to potential audience members verses how you see your play in your head.|
Q: Plugs, please:
|A: For more info, please visit: www.hardlyworkingpromotions.com|
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