PLAYWRIGHT KEN PREUSS TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY
THE PROBLEM FOR PROBLEM PLAYS
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I have been successful writing and directing comedies, but have steered clear of producing dramatic problem plays. This play began as foray into why I found them frightening and turned into a farce when I found their foibles and made them funny.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I enjoy several short and silly scenes that can produce surprising laughs. I like the parental pathos of discovering poetry in a child’s purse, the craziness of coining catch phrases for the future, and the Players’ friendly but failed attempt to include a no-longer-living PJ in their impromptu dance number.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters bear no resemblance to anyone I know. I am a writer who has problems with problem plays, but I am nothing like Marty. I swear. I did not carry a blankie until I was seventeen. I was sixteen. And it was a teddy bear. Totally different. Ask my mom. She’ll tell you.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted to give directors and actors a flexible and funny play that allowed them to poke fun at the serious plays they may tackle at other times. I also tried to achieve a brilliant script which would lead me into unparalleled heights of fame and fortune, but that, of course, was secondary.