Go see a new play by Mac Wellman which opens at Dixon Place this Thursday!
Here is an interview between FAB and Mr.Wellman:
FAB: What is your new play about?
MW: (3 2′s; or AFAR is) about a number of things: a) How difficult it is to talk about what is closer than close, so urgent the words fail us; b) how easy it is to misread the minds and hearts of others, the more urgent we wish to the more difficult it all becomes; c) how easy it is to misunderstand the simplest kinds of moods and gestures.
FAB: What do you believe your role is as a playwright in today’s society?
At this point in my career, such as it is, I feel the need to raise questions, especially ones no one else seems interested in. (After a certain age no one should attempt any task they know how to accomplish….)
FAB: How does this work differ from your previous work, if at all?
MW: It is very different from any of my earlier works, in that I am exploring storytelling more (being fed-up with most of narrative clichés and plot-tricks that plague our theater in These States–) the play is like a three dimensional chess game, things are told out of the familiar time-continuum, and events merge or fade into others. In Heideggerian terms: Every time something is revealed, something else is concealed and vice-versa.
FAB What inspired you to write this play?
MAC: I’ve read Heidegger on and off all my life, but more as a hobby, a pastime. The “Dialogue on Language — between a Japanese and an Inquirer” seemed especially fascinating and formally elegant, very theatrical. But it has been a devil of a time to work with it, and make a play that might appeal to ordinary people.
Sounds great! We can’t wait to see it. Check out the Facebook Event for more info!