PLAYWRIGHT SAM HAVENS
TALKS ABOUT "THE NICK OF TIME CHRISTMAS SHOW"
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I like the idea of flexible setting and casting. The show is very manageable because each theatre group can customize the script to their own particular needs.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: My favorite line is in "Sleigh Tune-Up" when Rudolph says, "One hundred gallons of glitter and a barrel of stardust." I also like the line when the Ghost asks for a Diet Pepsi. My favorite part in the play is Lee and CJ's misadventures in searching for a Christmas tree.
Q: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are a composite of traits from my crazy friends plus a lot of imagination. The characters just want to put on a great Christmas show, but are stressed by their own egos and the fact that Christmas Eve is almost here. They are also spooked by the ghost!
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted to invent a show for the wonderful community of theatre people. I just wanted to create a happy celebration of Christmas and a lot of laughs.
Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT YOUR PLAY?
A: I had a ball writing this script. I laughed out loud. I think all drama groups from high school to community theatre will love rehearsing and performing "The Nick of Time Christmas Show."