Title

Kitchen Design

Playwright

Suzanne Willett

SYNOPSIS

 

A look at the dichotomy of the public and private female experience, from both an historical and contemporary perspective.

 

PLAYWRIGHT’S BIO

 

Suzanne is a Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist, Bridge Award, Women’s Works Short Play Lab and Fresh Ground Pepper Play Ground Play Group Finalist. NY Productions: Life (Players Theatre, 2019), Chaos/Absolute Zero (Players Theatre, 2018), Rock, Paper, Scissors (Arctic Fridge Fest, 2017), Wonder Company (Dixon Place, 2017) Fall Pieces, a collection of experimental shorts (Dixon Place 2015); Tompkins ’88, a play about the Tompkins Square Part Riot in 1988 (Metropolitan Playhouse 2015); Robert McIntyre, a man’s struggle with his paralyzed hand (Manhattan Rep 2014). MFA in Playwriting, Hollins University. Member: Dramatist Guild, 29th St. Playwrights Collective.

 

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 began writing plays about ten years ago. I have always been a writer, so there was no point in time that I realized I wanted to write–it’s just always been a part of me.

 

2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?

 

I came to write Kitchen Design when I was seeing and hearing about the trauma women were experiencing coping with work and children at home during the pandemic. I felt it was not really being addressed in the media and that made me think of previous times (women being put away in asylums, Salem witch trials) when women’s traumatic experiences were not addressed, or addressed poorly. It was developed through readings and playwriting groups.

 

3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?

 

Experimental, avant-garde, socially relevant, quirky, whimsical.

 

4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?

 

Adrienne Kennedy–she’s the bomb!

 

5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?

 

I’ve been known to bust a rhyme.

 

6. What are some of your favorite plays?

 

The Owl Answers, Far Away, The Invention of Tragedy, Doubt, Small Mouth Sounds.

 

7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?

 

I wrote and will be directing a movement-based work this fall on student debt through the lens of quantum physics called Quantum Debt.