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Sep 3, 2021

I Interview Playwrights Part 1102: Michael Eichler

Michael Eichler

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Current Town: San Diego, CA

Q:  What are you working on now?

A:  I am working on a play about four undergraduates in 1969. Interspersed throughout the story is real film footage from the era showing the Draft Lottery, Earth Day, Vietnam and Kent State. I want the entire cast and crew to be in their twenties.

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

A:  There was severe mental illness in my family. Growing up in a working class neighborhood, it was never talked about. I remember the silence. The feelings from it influence all my writing. My characters need to be found, listened to and understood.

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

A:  Make it relevant to all audiences, not just a narrow sliver of our population. We need a better cross section of participants, and we should not be leaving anybody out.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A:  Currently, Samuel Hunter, Conor Mcpherson and Annie Baker. Going back further, August Wilson, Arthur Miller and David Mamet (only in the earlier years).

Q:  What kind of theatre excites you?

A:  A play that has dialogue and characters which seem authentic.

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

A:  Do everything you can to get your plays read and seen. Everything.

Q:  Plugs please:

A:  Two of my plays are being staged in NYC at the same time this month! REPULSING THE MONKEY at the historic White Horse Tavern in the Financial District, and THE HOUSE WHERE NOBODY LIVES a few subway stops away at the Chain Theatre. Come see both and let me know what you think! www.eichlerplays.com

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