Kicking off our 15th Writer/Director Lab is Evan Twohy’s new play PERMISSION, directed by Jess Chayes. This interview with Evan continues a series of interviews with the participants of this year’s Lab. Come and join us at the first reading at New Dramatists, April 1 at 7PM!
1. Briefly tell us about PERMISSION
PERMISSION is about a Lenna, hopeful mother in an overpopulated future where licenses are required to have children. The play revolves around her relationship with Zane, an orphaned teen who has been sent by the government to live with Lenna and test her parenting skills.
2. Who are your greatest influences in your writing?
David Lindsay-Abaire, Martin McDonagh, Eugène Ionesco, Agatha Christie.
3. What part of the Writer/Director Lab process was the most instructive and entertaining?
Writers usually only get to hear directors’ thoughts on their work after their script is completed, so one of the most eye-opening aspects of the Lab for me has been to learn how directors think about work as it’s being built.
4. How do you think the Lab will influence your future work?
The Writer/Director Lab has exposed me to one of the most diverse set of artistic experiences and beliefs I’ve ever encountered. It’s ben entirely inspiring to be glean wisdom from such a wide range of opinions and aesthetics every week; remembering all these various approaches to storytelling I believe will be one of the best things I can do for my future work.
5. It’s the 15th anniversary of the Lab! Looking back over its history, which plays that have come out of the Lab are you inspired by and why?
I got the opportunity to spy a little on David Adjmi’s MARIE ANTOINETTE as it was being rehearsed and produced at Yale Reperatory Theater this fall. It’s inspiring to me the way David’s lithe, breezy approach to time and history winds up giving his play a rare, incredible sense of epicness.
Evan Twohy’s plays include HEADS (NY Fringe), BARISTAS (NY Fringe), and COLOMBIAN GIRLS (read at Naked Angels). His short play BUBBLE & SQUEAK was developed by Pipeline Theater Co. and was produced and named a Finalist at the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. Evan attended Northwestern University, where he received the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award. He has worked as an associate producer, script coordinator, and writer’s assistant on television shows for MTV, FX, TBS, and IFC. He also works as graphic designer and illustrator.
PERMISSION will be read at NEW DRAMATISTS, 424 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036. 7PM Start!