JAMES RAYFIELD talks about FINAL EXAM DESTINATION:
Q: What inspired you to write this play?
A: One of my guilty pleasures is watching those Final Destination films, and while I do not accept any sort of predestination, I enjoy those elaborate accidental death scenes where one small trigger sets off a chain reaction. I find their macabre humor amusing and wondered if that sort of scene could be duplicated on stage. The subject of testing was just a pun that occurred to me, but more recently with testing being such a controversial issue, I also wanted to shine a little light on the problem.
Q: What is your favorite part of line in the play? Why?
A: I love the slow motion accident scenes.
Q: Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
A: The characters were suggested by the many students I have taught. I’m afraid that Bobby’s constant snack craving is drawn from my own life.
Q: What did you try to achieve with this play?
A: I wanted to poke a little fun at the Final Destination movies and to tell everyone, especially young people, that we are in charge of our destiny.
Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
A: I hope everyone who does my play has fun with the characters and the staging. Your imagination is what finally brings my scripts to life.