Playwright Reid Conrad Talks About
Q: .WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I am often inspired by songs, as is the case with Forgetting April. Usually on my commute or during a quiet moment I am playing music. A random song will produce vivid imagery and, being a playwright, I translate those images to scenes. With Forgetting April I was inspired by Vince Guaraldi's "Ginzu." (Guaraldi is known for his work with the Peanuts cartoons.) I envisioned a busy cafe sidewalk in Paris and the rest of the story developed from that point.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: Being a romantic I enjoy the end of the play, where Stanley realizes that escaping to his fictional world is not solving the problems of his relationship with April and he makes the choice to be with her.
Q: TELL US ABOUT THE CHARACTERS.
A: Stanley is a writer, in Paris, hoping the locale will inspire his writing. April, his girlfriend, has accompanied him. The audience, however, is first treated to Stanley's imagination at work while he sits at a sidewalk cafe observing and creating his newest writing. All of the characters he encounters - Russian spies, a French Jogger Girl and her moustachioed Mother, Swedish Sisters, American Ladies in Blue, and others - are inventions of Stanley's fertile imagination.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: The hope in writing this play was to give the audience what they think is reality, but add clues throughout that all of the characters and actions are in fact part of Stanley's mind and writing.