PLAYWRIGHT WADE BRADFORD TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY DIRECTOR’S NIGHTMARE
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: My very first college class was with a drama teacher named Arden Flom. (Brilliant name for a thespian, don't you think?) He taught a class on directing. There were only about six of us students, so it was a very personal course, one filled with lots of conversations and stories. One particular anecdote that I will never forget involved a frustrated director and his beloved pocket watch. If you read "Director's Nightmare," you'll see that I have incorporated this little urban legend -- one that is probably fictional, but one that I hope is true.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: My favorite part is when all of the characters in rehearsal are playing roles that don't belong to them. All too often, when I've directed children's theater or community theater, there are many people who are absent. Once I was having several cast members filling in for others, and then I suddenly realized I was watching a rehearsal being performed by the assistant director, a lighting designer, and a stage mom. No actors were left for the scene! Those kind of funny frustrations are what I tried to imbue within my one-act.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: Three of the characters are actually from a previous play of mine, “Promedy.” I wouldn't say "Director's Nightmare" is a sequel. However, I loved the characters Dante, Beatrix, and Chester so much, I wanted to hang out with them again.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: Laughter... And I want to rekindle the memories and experiences of little theaters and drama clubs.