Posts Tagged playwright

Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Cassie M. Seinuk

Who are you? Cassie M. Seinuk

What do you do? Stage Manage and Playwright

Where are you from originally? Long Island, NY. But sometimes it sounds more like Lawn Gialand

How long have you been working in Boston? A year and a half

Why do you stay? I love the community here, it feels warm and inviting, and I love how everyone knows eachother.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? I played a present box in summer camp performance…maybe a Hanukkah play, even though it was summer.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Driving to Chelsea to pick up metal meat packing tables for Shakespeare Now!’s Macbeth, and getting really lost.

What was your first job in theatre? I started stage managing at 11, my first show was The Lion King, I think, first paid job was Pageant Play at Berkshire Theatre Festival, so much glitter!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Usually I get stuck with just a Luna bar…

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Chocolate covered pretzels!

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? The hours. I wish sometimes that I could have weekends or time to see my family more often. But I’d rather have work than no work.

What kind of theater excites you? Mind Fucks

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Learn how to sell yourself, make contacts, and you’re your best advocate. Also bake cookies!

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? There are always a bunch of shows I want to see all at the same time, I wish there was more time.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Charlene A. Donaghy

Who are you? Charlene A. Donaghy

What do you do? Playwright.  Production Manager.  Educator.  Eternal adventurer.

Where are you from originally? Connecticut

How long have you been working in Boston? 2.5 years

Why do you stay? I’m based down the road in the hinterland woods of Connecticut, midday between Boston and NYC, but Boston is one of my theatre homes.  I am deeply ingrained in the Boston theatre scene because of the people!!  They offer community, talent, creativity, intelligence, dedication, fun, adventurous spirits, and so much more.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a barn.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? 7 years old – a scary eye operation – my mom taking me to a play beforehand to calm and entrance me.

What was your first job in theatre? The role of the Nurse in a musical called Dracula Baby.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Is there anything ever better than really good brick-oven pizza with cast and crew before, during, and after a show?

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? M&Ms

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? As a playwright, it is a rare occasion for me to tread the boards.  But, when I do venture forth in great character roles, I eat after….ditto that for watching one of my shows performed – after.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? More female playwrights seeing their works produced.

What kind of theater excites you? All kinds!

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? For playwrights, find a good writers’ group with peer’s you can respect.  Get your butt in the chair and write!  Collaborate with other theatre artists!  Be nice!

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Lush, lively, local – I think YAY!!

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Monica Raymond

Who are you? Monica Raymond

What do you do? I’m a playwright

Where are you from originally? New York City

How long have you been working in Boston? thirty years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? The Yeoman of the Guard — a chorus member dropped her streamer

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? clowning workshop with Sophie Parker, first weeks I got here

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? usually I’m ushering

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? after

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Go for it! There’s a lot going on — maybe feature Rob Orchard?

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Meron Langsner

Who are you? Meron Langsner

What do you do? Playwright, fight director, director, educator, and doctoral candidate at Tufts University.

Where are you from originally? New York

How long have you been working in Boston? About eight years.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Going to a play about Jim Thorpe during an assembly in elementary school.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Fight directing In The Blood at Brandeis when I first got here.

Why do you stay? Because I can work on multiple areas of theatre at once.  And it’s a great place to be a scholar.

What was your first job in the theatre? Parking lot attendent.  Very glamorous.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? An absolutely amazing steak.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? If I’m in a long choreography rehearsal I tend to use Gu energy gels.  Either double chocolate or espresso flavor.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I tend not to be onstage very much anymore.  If I were to act again I’d probably still take gels.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I am all in favor of alliteration.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: John Greiner-Ferris

Who are you? John Greiner-Ferris

What do you do? playwright (grad student at BU) and an actor

Where are you from originally? Southern Ohio

How long have you been working in Boston? Six years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Ohio University Theater production…blew me away…

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? I played Dr. Stone in A Few Good Men at the old ICA.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? I traditionally eat spaghetti.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Twizzlers

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I learned that I need to eat before going on after my blood sugar dropped and I almost fainted a few times…

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Sounds good, I like lively and local…not sure what you mean by lush though…

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: John J. King

Who are you? John J. King

What do you do? playwright/director

Where are you from originally? Arlington, Texas

How long have you been working in Boston? 4.5 years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing a stage version of Charlotte’s Web at the age of 6 or 7

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? THE MAN WHO… by the Nora Theatre Company.  Still high on my top 5 best shows I’ve seen here.  Saw it the first week I moved here and thought “WOW.  I’ve come to a great place!”

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Raising Cane’s chicken!

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? brownies.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I’ll eat about 2+ hours before a show, never closer.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Dawn M. Simmons

Who are you? Dawn M. Simmons

What do you do? I work at StageSource, I run a theatre company (New Exhibition Room with A. Nora Long), I write, I direct. Stuff like that.

Where are you from originally? Buffalo, NY.  That’s right!  You don’t even know what snow and cold is!

How long have you been working in Boston? 7 years

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Commercials for “Cats” on WPIX.  Maybe Seasame St. On Ice, before that.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Three of Cups at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.  I was the ASM.  I was good! Oh, except that time when I was late with the food for the dinner scene.  That was not so good.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? U Burger burgers if I’m at BPT.  Onion rings at the Parish Cafe’ if I’m over near the Factory Theatre.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Anything crunchy if I’m the director.  Anything chewy if I’m the writer.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I don’t tend to be onstage, but I like to wait until after the show starts to eat.  I have sympathy nervous stomach.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think that’s great! You probably want to hear more.  I love that the people who work here feel like family to me.  Especially since mine is miles away.  I love the Fringe and Small theatre scene.  NXR had a lot of fun with them this summer.

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