27 Jan RPW IV – Meet playwright Alexis Roblan
He’s into vore, she’s into centaurs (like, sexually). A dark comedy set in the isolating landscape of human relationships, and neighboring small towns on the Oregon coast.
Read. Play. Write. IV playwright Alexis Roblan shares her thoughts on collaboration, process and what she loves about her “dark comedy” play, You Feel So Far Away Right Now. Reserve your tickets at www.CrashboxTickets.com to see You Feel So Far Away Right Now on February 1st at 8pm.
Thoughts on Process (writing or preparing for a reading)
Writing is sort of awful until it’s not. Those moments when it stops being awful are totally amazing, but it takes so long to get there. Which is what Facebook and stress eating are for.
Thoughts on Collaboration (working with a playwright and cast to develop a work)
I think what separates playwrights from most other kinds of writers is our need to collaborate. We’re social. We can’t stand to be alone with our plays for too long. At least that’s true for me. I don’t mean to imply that I don’t have all the social anxiety and neuroses typically associated with a writer, but I prefer rehearsal to sitting alone with my computer almost any day. Rehearsal is what made me first fall in love with this whole thing. And even though we haven’t really rehearsed this play yet, sometimes in-depth conversations with an incisive director can feel just as creatively exciting and totally set me on fire in a similar way. That’s definitely been true of my conversations with my director, Dara Malina, during this process so far.
Favorite moment for your play
This past summer, I wrote one of six short plays that were part of an immersive theatre piece in a house on Governor’s Island. One of my friends from grad school saw it and at the end of the show, he said, “I bet I know which one was yours.” I nodded and said, “Awkward sex on the table?”
I’m really interested in putting sexuality on stage, but never if it’s beautiful or exciting to watch. Well, I suppose it can be exciting, but
only if the fact that you’re excited makes you uncomfortable. In that spirit, there are a couple stage directions in this play that denote when the characters are supposed to orgasm, and particularly in a reading, I just find the awkwardness of those moments sort of delightful.
What excites you about your play
I’ve always described this play as a “dark comedy” – both when I’m talking to other people about it, and in my own mind. But as the rewrites have gotten a bit darker and pushed the characters, relationships, and themes to more potentially dramatic places, I’m finding myself really excited to see if and when an audience actually laughs.
What do you hope people take away from the reading
I always want theatre to make us think more critically about our lives.
Beyond that, I sort of secretly hope that five people leave thinking it was the funniest thing they’ve ever seen, and everyone else leaves wondering why those guys were laughing.