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Chemistry of Love

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jill Campbell
April 9, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright.

What is your show about?
When a mid-career conceptual artist is nominated for a $500,000 grant, her best friend, ex-boyfriend and her mentor attempt to co-opt her impending success.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I work in documentary film. I kind of fell into it while working for an artist whose girlfriend decided to film a documentary about a Cambodian ballet dancer that she sponsored to dance in the United States. I compare that experience to my version of being paid to go to film school. I learned on the job. I worked on that film for five years and then was hired to work on other films. I've also filmed two documentaries that I am currently editing. One is about my mentor, British playwright Bernard Kops, whom I studied with when I lived in London from 2000-2003. We went to London last year for a celebration the Jewish Museum was hosting for his 85th birthday. We followed him all over town. We couldn't keep up with him. There's this mad crazy scene in Covent Garden where he was on a mission to buy a new fisherman's hat. It's hysterical. He is a true force of nature. Google him! And then there's these two (not so young) kids who claim I'm their mother.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
uses a beer bong in interesting ways while putting film on stage and stage on film ... if you see it, you'll get it.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
The elements of success that the play explores are universal. There's three artists and then there's the friend that is not an artist. All three deal with the main character's impending success in surprising ways; can we truly be happy when those around us (who aren't related) succeed? What does one give up to become a successful artist or person in any career? I am also working with amazing collaborators who have jumped in and are giving their all to this often intense, comic, multi-layered journey with me. This is not a safe play, and I thank them for their faith in my abstract imagination and their willingness to hop on board for the ride. (You can find their bios at www.chemistryoflove.net.)

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Groucho because "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."

Who are your heroes?
My heroes are those kids I mentioned previously. They've been so tolerant of me and all the theatrical craziness I have brought into their lives. Also my parents, my boyfriend, my dog Casey and Hilary Clinton and Bill Clinton and Obama and many others.