Q&A with playwright Sarah DeLappe

October 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Bookshop Workshops returns to Book Culture on Saturday, October 11th, at 4pm. Last May, we hosted a reading of Stephanie Del Rosso‘s Mixtape to a full house. This time, it’s Sarah Delappe‘s The Wolves. She took the time to answer some questions about her work and current reading.

How did you come to write The Wolves?

Ok, so. This sounds like a red herring. But I swear, it’s true. I saw Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum. It’s a sprawling and urgent exhibition of contemporary art from the Middle East. And I had a hugely visceral / hugely obvious reaction. I felt so far away from it all. America felt so far away from it all. Even a collection of fine art combed from a swath of different cultures, countries, conflicts, decades, installed on the Bowery, felt so far away. Riding back on the B train, I thought, what could be farther away than a bunch of sixteen-year-old girls warming up for an elite soccer game in a temperature-controlled air dome?

What are you currently reading?

Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme. He’s like George Saunders before George Saunders. And I’m obsessed with George Saunders.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?

I wish. I’m still wading through the piles of books I’ve yet to read.

What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?

Morgan Green’s directing the (fully staged!) first part of my play PARABOLA as part of FEM. Monday, November 24th at JACK in Brooklyn. It’s a metamorphosis comedy in the Colosseum. Come!
Sarah Delappe‘s plays have been produced at Yale University and the Nevada Shakespeare Company; read and developed at Amoralab, True False Theater, UglyRhino, WinkEyed Productions, and the Yale Playwrights Festival. She won Yale’s 2012 Frances Bergen Memorial Prize for her one act Half-Life.
Bookshop Workshops is committed to exposing audiences and emerging writers to a community of interaction that challenges the way we engage, create and come to the theatre. Their programming gives writers a space to take risks and invite audiences to become part of their processes. This can happen in bookstores, at cocktail parties or by picking up a magazine. Find out more about their work on their website: http://bookshopworkshops.org/

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