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After Eternity

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eugenie Carabatsos
August 9, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright.

What is your show about?
Somewhere in eternity, a woman has willed her very own palace into existence; everything is enjoyable until her neighbor suddenly appears and they are forced to live together as the world around them starts to fall apart.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Los Angeles, but was raised in Bridgehampton, NY, which is on the east end of Long Island. For college, I went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where I studied English.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
My full-length dramedy, PINE, won the Trustus Theatre Playwriting Competition and the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Contest. It has just received its first professional production by the Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC. AFTER ETERNITY was produced in the Venus Theatre Festival, a festival for Women Playwrights, and won the award for Best Play. My long one act plays, THE BRINK and STALLED, have been produced in the Alumnae Theatre New Ideas Festival, the Midwinter Madness Festival, and by Manhattan Repertory Theatre. My ten minute plays have been produced by the Playwrights’ Round Table, the Short + Sweet Festival, the Edward Hopper House, the Silver Spring Stage, the Pan Theater, the Complete Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Love Creek Productions, and the Secret Theatre.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met the director, Harry, through mutual friends and we've worked on multiple projects together. He is a wonderful creative partner. Harry knew Ryan (the lead actor) from college and so he brought Ryan onto this project. I met the lead actress, Suzanna, through a playwriting residency at the True False Theatre. Suzanna has been with the play since I submitted the first twenty pages to TFT's play development program. She has previously performed this role in the Venus Theatre Festival, where she was nominated for Best Actress.

Which character from a Shakespeare play would like your show the best: King Lear, Puck, Rosalind, or Lady Macbeth -- and why?
King Lear--because he loses it all too.

Who are your heroes?
My playwriting heroes are Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Eugene O'Neill.