As we move forward through the production run for FRESH FISH 2.0, we’ll be interviewing our participating playwrights. Mark Borkowski is the author of THE KIDS ARE AWAKE.
What first motivated you to write plays?
A deeply rooted need to unleash a lot of pain. I took a breakdown when I was in my late teens and started hearing voices. I wrote them down and they assumed the form of dialogue. A friend of mine submitted the play to Theatre Center Philadelphia. Albert Benzwie, the artistic director, included it in his spring play festival…
From where did THE KIDS ARE AWAKE originally come?
It came to me while on the set of the movie, “The Perfect Witness”. I was playing the role of a compulsive killer. Part of my research was Dennis Rader (the BTK Killer). I learned that they took his daughter’s DNA and matched it to the sperm found on one of his victims. Positive match. I always wondered what that poor girl went through… so I wrote a scenario.
What other plays have you written, of which you’re particularly proud?
“The Daughters of Eve” which recently enjoyed a run at The Cherry lane Theatre. And “Painting Corpses” which was workshopped at The Actors Studio in NY. The cast included Elias Koteas as well as the best actors at the Studio. It was masterfully directed of Richard Masur. It was truly realized through an intense workshop.
What other arts do you practice?
Do you think children should have to answer for their parents’ actions? If your child were bought an iced tea by someone who wanted them to answer for your actions, would you let them drink it?
No. Wait. What kind of iced tea?
What was your most memorable theatrical experience?
Most recently, my play “Twilight’s Child” was at Playwright’s Horizons in the 2008 Samuel French Festival. Everything about it was perfect.
What teachers have affected you as a writer and why?
Let me think about that one. Hmmm.
What would we find under your bed?
Ashtray, book, stones and dust.
What are you reading these days?
A lot of history.
If you could host a dinner party with any three people, currently living or not, who would you invite and what would you serve?
Jesus Christ, Benjamin Franklin & Shakespeare. I’d serve Gnocchi.
THE KIDS ARE AWAKE is just one of the many exciting plays that you can see in FRESH FISH 2.0, playing at Walking Fish Theatre from April 3 through 18 Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday, April 19 at 2pm. Tickets are available online or at the door, and there’s NEVER A HANDLING FEE!