PLAYWRIGHT TRACEY EVANS
TALKS ABOUT “TAMING ROMEO”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: It actually all started with a misprint! I saw a casting notice for a local summer rep production of "Taming of the Shrew" and "Romeo & Juliet" listed as “Taming Romeo.” It struck me as such a great title that I kept it in the back of my mind for nearly a year before a story idea formed. It initially started as a screenplay. However, as I continued to write, I realized it was the dialogue that was carrying the story and defining the characters and that live theatre would be a better vehicle for this piece. The format switch made it much more intimate and it really came to life after that.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I have quite a few favorite moments. My favorite scene to write was (Act 2, Scene 1) “The Work Begins.” I loved the build up from simple acting lesson to massive chaos. And Duncan and Brayden have such different energy and cadence to their speech it was fun to juxtapose one to the other. I also love Sid’s closing monologue. I think it sums up why theatre is still such an important part of our lives. However, I have to confess that my favorite line is probably Wayne’s response to Jason’s soliloquy in (Act 2, Scene 4). “Dude...you’re not gonna kiss me, are you?” It just makes me laugh.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are actually an amalgam of the many, many people I’ve encountered while working in the theatre, from high school plays all the way up through professional productions. So, while not based on any one person, there are certain traits and very real characteristics put in here and there which helped shaped these characters. That’s probably all I should say about that!
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I really just wanted to create a play that was pure fun from beginning to end for all types of audience members, be it someone who is brand new to the theatre or the seasoned ticket holder. I hope I’ve achieved that.