What attracted you to this project?
I’m not a very political individual in the sense of activism and protest. However, I have many interests regarding politics like social justice. So opportunities that allow me to cross creativity and social justice, I don’t take for granted. It’s an honor to be a part of such a unique project.
Have you ever worked on a play based off of interviews before? What has this process been like for you?
This was the first play I worked on based off interviews with someone to tell their story. I found it personally challenging to navigate that space. I just kept thinking I have to do this story justice. This is especially true because [our community partners] will be reading and seeing it themselves. Something that helped me a lot was reminding myself that I’m making a painting, and not a photograph. I’m capturing an essence and telling a story with my interpretations versus making an exact replica capturing each detail.
How is writing for a rehearsal process different from writing in solitude?
Honestly, it’s been quite fun. I love the dynamics of collaboration that are tangible with this process. It has really made the experience one of growth [and it’s] exciting to see how you can easily be inspired by the energy brought by the team.
Your play is written partially in prose and partially in verse. Can you tell us more about that choice?
My community partner and I immediately connected to the idea of spoken word. Through this platform, we discussed how difficult issues and topics can be discussed in a beautiful, approachable manner, while giving stories so much of the life that the stories are drawn from. In this piece I used verse to emphasize the beauty in everyday life. I want the words and rhythm to create intimacy. The prose is kind of like systematically stale, to emphasize the organizational spaces we have to navigate in this world. I wanted to play with how entering organizational spaces can take so much from us and our lives.