PLAYWRIGHT ERIC SENNE
TALKS ABOUT "ENTER FAIRY GODMOTHER"
(This play earned an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Jackie White Memorial
National Children's Playwriting Contest.)
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: My theatre kids inspired me to write it. So many of my drama clubs were chock-full of girls in need of fun, meaty roles to play. I wanted to create a script with multiple strong female leads and a positive female message.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I like the ending now, and that was not always the case. I think I have a dozen fairly rotten endings lying around my house, but this one finally does what I wanted it to do. The protagonist is not guaranteed "happily ever after," but she has a darn good shot at it.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are modern, sassier versions of characters from lesser-known folktales from around the world. So in that sense, Sumac hails from Ecuador, Manka from the former Czechoslovakia, and Kumiko comes from Japan. As far as the characters reflecting real people, I'd like to think that my no-nonsense Fairy Godmother in the play resembles my Grandma Lewis's wit and wisdom in real life.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: Strong parts for multiple young women. A play that was fun to be in and fun to see. For audience members to carve their own happily-ever-afters without the help of princes or magic
Q: ANY THING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: "Your Fairy Godmother is never far away. She's just not all that helpful."