“I’m interested in emotion. I sometimes find myself defending emotion. I mean, it seems to me that’s our job, to put emotion onstage. But so often I see theater shy away from that. They’re afraid of melodrama, or cheesiness. So they go after plays that are political, or (lowers voice, raises one eyebrow) interesting.”
This profile of Lauren Gunderson, the most-produced playwright in the U.S., is beyond fascinating, whether or not you care about theater at all — it includes insights into her process (she’s a verrrry fast writer), who she’s writing for (hint: not the NY theater crowd), and that she’s the rare playwright who is truly making a living at it (no day job and very little screenwriting on the side!!).
All hail Lauren Gunderson for doing the work and making it work for her.