JIM HAUN TALKS ABOUT THE SNEAKY CITIZENS OF SADDLESORE CITY:
1. What inspired you to write this play?
One day after I finished a rehearsal for a school play that I was directing - the actors were playing around and speaking in a western, back-woods, southern slang. I thought it would be fun to write a play that offers that kind of dialect and so I chose a small turn-of-the-century western town. The whole sneaky theme just evolved from the down-home "family" feel that the characters had with each other and the need to not lose that special opportunity to gather and enjoy each others company.
2. What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why?
Writing the scene with Millie and the townspeople was a fun, progressive process because each character just kept adding to the typical frustration that group meetings often have - from the constant digressions to endless questions to typical disagreements. It helped give each character a distinct personality and as a result, they made the scene more fun and more comical.
3. Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
Fortunately, I don't know anyone I would call stinky but the innocence of Stinky Sal is definitely a trait with several friends and family members along with the joyfulness of Miner Joe and the current desperation of Henrietta.
4. What did you try to achieve with this play?
I wanted the setting to be in a place where people had social get-togethers. I didn't want it to be in a saloon and so I chose the hotel which gave it a more "family" feel - where the townsfolk had a "home away from home." So…now they all have a personal investment in the selling of the hotel since it truly is their home away from home. All of the "innocent" sneaky scheming that takes place clearly demonstrates to Henrietta just how special her hotel is in bringing everyone together to just hang out and be there for each other.