MICHAL JACOT TALKS ABOUT CONNING KIRBY:
1. What inspired you to write this play?
I’ve always been a fan of farces – people getting caught up in ridiculous situations as they try to dig themselves out of a jam. I’ve written plays in a number of different genres, but farces are always audience pleasers.
2. What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why?
My favorite part is when the characters try to lurch their way through the script that Julie has written to try to impress Kirby. It’s actually inspired by an actual exchange I saw during a play rehearsal; the poor guy had two lines, “yes” and “what.” The prompter drove the guy nuts trying to get him to say those words. I took that situation and embellished it to create the scene in “Conning Kirby.”
3. Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
During the creation of this script I visualized friends and family in the roles. I think the familiar faces helped define the personalities.
4. What did you try to achieve with this play?
I want to make people laugh. It’s as simple as that. If you read any hidden meanings or subtle messages within the pages, seek professional help. I just want the audience to walk out of the theater a little happier than when they went in.