PLAYWRIGHT L. DON SWARTZ
TALKS ABOUT "HERE WE SIT"
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted the audience to see themselves from the actors' point of view.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I like the Lottie and Bernice sections. I like their no-nonsense approach to life. People with absolutely no sense of humor or whimsy are extremely funny to me.
Q: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters come from over 25 years of in-the-trenches theatre experience. Yes, some are people I've known and some are composites of people I have known.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted the audience's story told. There is a lot going on out there during any given performance. Sadly, it is often more entertaining than what's on the stage.
Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT YOUR PLAY?
A: I like to experiment with how action unfolds on the stage. Like early Russian montage films, I like to throw a variety of images and sounds at the audience and let them assemble the meaning. It's a format that gives the audience more responsibility where the narrative is concerned, but I have discovered that the audience is more than up to the task and often appreciative of the challenge. I think the worst thing a playwright can do is underestimate the audience.