PLAYWRIGHT WHITNEY RYAN GARRITY TALKS ABOUT
BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS
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Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I’ve been very fortunate in that many schools and the community have been performing my Calamity Gulch plays annually and, sometimes, in order. I was contacted by three theaters about the possibility of another play in the series.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: Pa’s rocks and his horse, Algernon, along with Ma’s hat were all separate elements of the story that just ended up being important somehow. I love when things like that just happen and it looks like I wrote it that way intentionally.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
A: Of course, for this play, many of the characters are from the other Calamity Gulch plays. It was a challenge to write for Horace before he becomes a villain. It was also tough to create Flossie as a character who would eventually turn into Sahara Hartburn. Lastly, it did pain me that there was simply no way to add Sheriff Prettyfoot to this storyline.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I tried to write that something that was fresh and different, but that was still true to the series. Something that could stand alone but also complement the other plays.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
A: Calamity Gulch has been the inspiration for a trilogy, a spin-off, a prequel and four musicals. I feel ready to leave the Gulch – if only it had a train depot!