PLAYWRIGHT CLAUDIA HAAS
TALKS ABOUT "CASTING JULIET"
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A.: Three wonderful students, two of whom I had known for many years. They were now eighteen and as I watched them grow - in all ways - I thought of all their many layers and where they came from and how I wanted to "send them off" to their next step in life with something special.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE? WHY?
A.: You know, I'm not great at favorites. I always regret my choice the next day and have a new one. I had fun with the repartee at the beginning (I heard it in my head), and I am pleased with Rosalind's vulnerability at the end. I also like the actresses coming together to help at the end. Actors and actresses are most generous - in all ways and I liked paying them homage.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: I did want to lead the audience up the garden path (in the nicest way). I do love surprises and people are always surprising me. I very fondly remember my acting days and I always looked for ways I could be "in control" although I had no control over a casting director's decision. An actor's fantasy? I did want a short play where three actresses could shine - that's always a huge smile for me
Q.: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A.: I hope the actresses and directors enjoy their time on stage and make it equally enjoyable for the audience. It's a quirky little valentine.