Every year, children gather to catch fate as it drops from the sky. But this year might be a little different…
Caitlin Duffy is a New York City based actor and creator. She received her BA from Middlebury College in her home state of Vermont, and just received her MFA in Acting from Brown/Trinity Rep in Providence, RI. As an actor, Caitlin has worked with numerous companies, including Trinity Repertory Company, PTP/NYC, Theater at Monmouth and Centenary Stage Company, and appeared in many short films. Caitlin has written numerous short plays, a full length play, and a one woman sort of clown show that turned into a movie during the quarantine. Caitlin is excited about creating collaborative, multidisciplinary art that considers time, memory, loneliness and joy. Check out her work at www.caitlinroseduffy.com.
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
I wrote my first short play in college. I think before that I really wanted to write, but was too scared and didn’t think I would be good at it. But I learned to just write through the fear! Or actually, I am still learning that. It’s a process!
OH actually I realized I did write a play in high school, too. It was a sentimental mess. That’s okay!
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
DROP was the first of two ten minute plays I wrote in playwriting class my first semester of grad school. It had been a while since I’d written a play, or really anything, so it was a gift to dive back in. But there was that fear again! I wish I could remember what the inspiration was, but I believe that I was so scared of writing something bad that I just decide to try writing something fun and then there was DROP! I brought it into class and got lots of great feedback, and then was fortunate to have it performed by my classmates for an evening of self produced work, and I learned a lot from that experience!
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
Connection-seeking, playful, mysterious, simple, open-hearted
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
I’m interested in stories about loneliness, memory, time, longing, and joy. I’m interested in that happy/sad feeling – is there a name for that? Works of art (or life) that make me laugh and cry at the same time. I’m also influenced by theater and all kinds of art! And nature! And my family and friends and the people I love!
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
I got bitten by a baby hyena when I was eight!
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
Ah there are so many! Ironbound by Martyna Majok, Constellations by Nick Payne, Everybody by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, Translations by Brian Friel, anything by the remarkable Emma Horwitz and Lucas Baisch, Come From Away by David Hein and Irene Sankoff
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
I just finished this project – it was meant to be a live theater performance and the last project of grad school. When school went remote, this piece turned into a video. I do wonder what the live piece would have become, but I feel grateful to have gotten to involve my parents in the process and to film in beautiful Vermont!
Thank you for reading and take care, everybody!