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The Hatmaker’s Wife

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lauren Yee
July 7, 2013

What is your job on this show?
playwright.

What is your show about?
THE HATMAKERS WIFE is a whimsical, strange comedy tells the story of an unusual old house that and the couple that once lived there.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I've always wanted to be a writer. The theater part came later for me. I imagine I went into playwriting because I'm such a poor communicator in real life. Theater gives you the opportunity to go back into the history of events and see the hidden meaning in things. How stories parallel one another. What someone actually meant to say. Why a person acted in a certain way. Playwriting allows me the chance to understand how human events are connected and how beauty can exist in small moments. I also love dialogue and how it sounds. I love hearing words out loud, I love playing with the artifice of theater, and I love creating emotionally intuitive work that attempts to give voice to what is intangible and mysterious about our lives.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
... has walls that talk.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
I love how this play ends. It's a play that starts off as a comedy, and in the final few scenes of the play, we see how the pieces connect. The protagonist and we the audience simultaneously realize what the play is about and what we have been blind to all along. The ending also reveals some unexpected layers to certain characters.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
THE HATMAKER'S WIFE definitely has several surprises up its sleeve. I like to write plays that unfold like boxes: we begin the play as the protagonists do--in the dark about what exactly this is going to be about--and then gradually, we learn how these pieces fit together.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
I want theater to reflect the world I live in, and I like audiences to learn something from the theater they witness and part of that is exposing them to new stories or new takes on familiar stories. That includes populating the stage with more than one type of person. I like seeing actors of all different races and backgrounds and sizes and ages on the stage. My work tends to be very eclectic for that reason: because I believe the stage is something to be shared and something that gives power to stories.