Once again, and throughout the run of FRESH FISH 2.0, we’ll be interviewing our playwrights. Alex Dremann is the genius behind WET PAPER BAG.
What first motivated you to write plays?
I started writing fiction in my early teens, so I’ve kind of always been writing. I took a screenwriting class after I graduated college and started writing a screenplay opus with 10-15 minute scenes of just two people talking. My teacher sat me down and told me I was a playwright and I should just own it.
From where did WET PAPER BAG originally come?
I have no idea. I guess the original spark was just that I liked the idea of a scrawny little man trying to overpower this much stronger and bigger woman.
What other plays have you written, of which you’re particularly proud?
I’ve written lots of short plays and a few full lengths. I think I’m proudest of the full lengths “Split Pea Pod” and “The Invisible Play”.
What other theatre arts do you practice?
I’ve directed twice and I really want to be good at it, but I’m not. I’ve produced a few shows for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Have you ever been mugged?
No, but a friend of mine was mugged last year. He was far less upset by it than I was and I was home safely watching TV when it happened.
What was your most memorable theatrical experience?
There was a really cool moment in one of my first productions in grad school of a play called “Ye of the Chickpea-Sized Bladder” where the audience really roared with laughter for the first time that I will never forget.
What teachers have affected you as a writer and why?
My high school English teacher Mrs. Eaton really inspired me mostly by just encouraging me to write what I want to write.
What would we find under your bed?
I have a very small apartment so right now a lot of junk. It’s serving as a horizontal closet right now.
What are you reading these days?
I’m halfway through the play “Becky Shaw” by Gina Gionfriddo.
If you could host a dinner party with any three people, currently living or not, who would you invite and what would you serve?
1. David Foster Wallace
2. Noel Coward
3. Janeane Garofalo
As of today, you have only six more chances to catch FRESH FISH 2.0. Get your tickets in advance at walkingfishtheatre.com, where there’s NEVER A HANDLING FEE!