PLAYWRIGHT TIM MOGFORD
TALKS ABOUT ESCAPE TO CANCEL
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: After a somewhat heated exchange of views with a representative of a certain cable company, I was reminded of an article I had read about the strategies put in place by such companies to keep their customers from cancelling or amending their service. It quickly struck me that theatre might be a way of reaching out to other people as frustrated as me, and the play came quickly after that.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: “You just unplug it.” Because I think it’s important for us all to remember that we do have that option!
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: I hope we can all identify to some extent with Meghan, Katie and poor Jessi. As for the others, I should probably plead the fifth. Suffice it to say that I have been in meetings and conferences where I have experienced elements of all the other characters. I confess I did enjoy writing Paul and Rob, and was tempted to subtitle the play “If Harold Pinter worked for Comcast.”
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted to draw attention to a tech service industry that really does seem to me to be increasingly paranoid and controlling. At the same time, I hope the characters do make the process satirical and ludicrous enough to laugh at.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: Just a plea on behalf of live theatre, which to me is still the supreme antidote to our screen-obsessed lives.