Playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry Interview: Part One: Survival Skills
A two part interview by James Hutchison with award winning playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry published at jameshutchison.ca. Part One published online Tuesday, January 26th; Part Two will be published on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
“You want to write the kind of play where people are going to go home and talk about it, and think about it, and talk about themselves a little bit. You know, my God, if it got people to think about their own mortality a little bit, how could that be a bad thing? We all run around scared to talk about it, but we’re fascinated by it at the same time. The idea that we’re mortal. Just to have that discussion opened up wouldn’t hurt.”
After the suicide of her own father, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, playwright Meredith Taylor-Parry felt compelled to write about it. In the first of a two part interview Meredith talks about the process of writing her play Survival Skills and her reaction to the play winning the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest in 2013 and being produced Off Off Broadway by the 13th Street Repertory Company, NYC in April 2014.
** Photo credit: James Hutchison