It was Jimmy Comtois. I decided I would start interview Q: Can you talk a little bit about Boom? Can you run me through the production history of where it was and where it will be next?

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It was Jimmy Comtois. I decided I would start interview Q: Can you talk a little bit about Boom? Can you run me through the production history of where it was and where it will be next? And it will be published soon by DPS, right? A: boom is a play about a craigslist casual encounter date between a gay biologist and a female journalism student in a suspiciously well-stocked subterranean apartment right before a comet hits the planet earth.

I also like to describe as my way of reconciling having been a Theater and Biology major when I was an undergrad. Q: What are you working on next? I think this is me rebelling against all my plays that have taken place in a single location.

It also has no cussing in it, which is sort of a big deal for me. A play for twelve actors, woohew! Q: What theaters or shows in SF would you suggest a visitor to your city check out?

A: Oh boy. I suggest a number of options looking at the whole Bay Area here. ACT and Berkeley Rep are our biggest spots and worth a look, with Berkeley Rep having a nice streak of cranking out some contemporary hits.

There are literally hundreds of smaller and medium size companies around as well doing ambitious and great work. Q: Tell me a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a person or as a writer.

A: In sixth grade I jokingly polled my friends in my class about which seventh grader they hated the most. It was all hilarious fun until some of the seventh graders caught wind and chased me across the campus until I had to hide in a classroom. Angry and upset when i got home, I found an old piece of plywood, got myself a hammer and drove in about a hundred nails into the plywood.

I nailed some shards of wood on either side of the plywood, tipped it up, and created my own version of the game. Only mine was called "Kill The Seventh Grader. I played the game with my friends that summer at a birthday party.

I think that says something about my humor and aesthetic, right? Q: What kind of theater excites you? A: Aesthetically, I think I have very very broad taste. I guess theatre that engages me viscerally and surprises me is also the theater that excites me.

I think I prefer work that feels open to an audience, and not too insular. I like plays with open hearts but also enjoy the mean ones too.

I definitely enjoy seeing plays born from the time we are living in. I like investing in characters and story. I like being structurally bedazzled. I like simple or complex, so long as it feels honest. I do like plays with well thought out endings. Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out? A: Get things on their feet. Have friends read your drafts out loud in your living room.

Take acting classes. Watch a lot of plays. Find actors and directors you like and trust and then trust them but stay in the room. Rewrite lots of things. As important as sending your plays out is meeting the people you are sending your plays to. Do not put your eggs in one basket either by waiting for one particular theater to do your play or waiting for that one play to get produced.

Keep working on the next thing. Write a lot and take comfort in knowing that the despair you feel sometimes while writing is universally felt. Q: Any other plugs?



No trivia or quizzes yet. What about the fish in the tank? I really really love this. The playwright is also a biologist and has a unique perspective.


'Boom' by Peter Sinn Nactrieb





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