PLAYWRIGHT MATT MYERS
TALKS ABOUT “TRUCK STOP CHILI”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I had directed two hillbilly plays before, and got a kick out of hearing my middle school actors do that accent and wear those costumes. I also really love movies and the personalities that come with making movies, so I thought it would be fun to throw those people into a hillbilly world.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I love both scenes when Milo and company shoot "Robot Rain 2" inside the Clip n’ Dip, because the movie’s so terrible but everyone involved is taking it so seriously. My favorite line would probably be when Crisco hands Otis back his legendary cowbell and says “Take it… it’s yore destiny,” because I like imagining a world where a cowbell can be your destiny.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: My family’s got some hillbilly roots, so a lot of the folks from Gizzard were influenced by that much of the dialogue consists of phrases and expressions I’ve actually heard. The Hollywood people were based on actors and directors I’d read about or seen on TV interviews.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: Besides some quality laughs, I liked how Otis comes to realize that you just can’t be someone you’re not… and for middle school performers, it was cool to see that lesson acted out.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: Watch for "Robot Rain 3," coming next summer…