That’s right, Soapboxers. We’ve turned the tables! Mara Thomas interviews Tamara Kissane about the upcoming world premiere of Tamara’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s THE MASTER BUILDER, ambition, aspirations, and loving unlikeable characters.
Master Builder is showing January 18 – February 3 at Mystery Brewery (437 Dimmock’s Mill Rd, Hillsborough). GET TICKETS!
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[0:00] Episode intro and Tamara bio
[0:58] Tamara, how do you approach adapting a classic play like Ibsen’s THE MASTER BUILDER or Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL?
[6:00] Why did you choose THE MASTER BUILDER, specifically, to adapt?
[8:36] Gender swapping and ambition: Is this play about ambition?
[14:17] Writing ‘unlikeable’ characters
[18:46] Making MASTER BUILDER contemporary: the opening scene is a talk show!
[21:51] The relationship between the characters Hildy and Sully? What’s that deal with Hildy’s wings?
[24:54] Finding your voice as a playwright
[29:25] “Please cast a diverse group of actors…”
[31:50] Writing vs. Acting
[35:40] Aspirations for ASBX
[40:20] Creative Coaching
[42:15] What’s next?
[44:14] Thank you and sign-off
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