A young writer quits her day job to become a full-time artist’s model. One day after finishing a modelling session she is sexually assaulted by the artist’s husband. In Testimony we witness a young woman regaining her strength and voice as she recounts the story of her assault to a law enforcement officer.
Miranda Huba is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and performer. Her work has been staged at New York’s HERE, the Incubator Arts Project, Horse Trade Theater, Dixon Place, Magic Futurebox, the Silent Barn, and at Madame X with Lauren Rayner Productions. Huba’s work has been translated into German and performed at the Kleines Theater in Salzburg, Austria and Theater Tiefrot in Cologne, Germany. A reading of her play Grounded: A Play is Six Airports was presented at the inaugural Wuppertaler Literatur Biennale. Recently her play, Dirty Little Machine, was produced in London, England as part of the 2018 Vault Festival. She has received grants and awards for her work from the Canada Arts Council, The BC Arts Council, The Canadian Department of Cultural Heritage, The Theatre Institute in Berlin, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in NYC. She holds a BFA from the Simon Fraser University School for Contemporary Arts.
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?
In my first year of college I took a devised theatre class. All the students had to write for a collective piece. I wrote a monologue and presented it one day and the teacher commented that I was a good writer. Before that affirmation I had never thought of myself as a writer, let alone something I could be good at.
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
I used to work as a receptionist at a yoga studio. One day a man came in with a flyer saying he was looking for artist models for his wife. He asked if I would hang one of the flyers at the studio. I took the flyer and held onto it. I remember the text was very oddly written. There was a line about the model not being paid until the painting was completed. I knew there was a story, or play somewhere in there.
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
Poetic, Profane, Feminist, Wild and Dark.
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
I love magical realism and Salman Rushdie’s work has had a huge influence on me. I also love the punk poet and novelist, Kathy Acker. Both these writers taught me how to take risks with language.
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
My Dad really wanted my middle name to be Moon. Instead it’s Kosa, which used to be part of my family’s last name, but was cut when they immigrated to Canada.
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Blasted by Sarah Kane, Lear by Young-Jean Lee, One in Two by Donja R Love, Is This a Room conceived by Tina Satter, Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, and Macbeth by Shakespeare.
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
I am working on a new full-length play called America, Superb about mysterious lines that begin forming in a large city and a journalist’s mission to get to the bottom of the phenomenon.