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Too Much Too Much Too Many

Interview with playwright, Meghan Kennedy

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Ted Sod

 

Meghan Kennedy

Ted Sod: Will you give us some background information on yourself. Where are you from? Where were you educated? When did you decide to become a playwright and why?

Meghan Kennedy: I was born in Seattle and grew up on Lake Champlain in upstate New York and then Connecticut. Eesh, Connecticut. But I’ve been in New York City for the better part of fifteen years now, and this feels more like home than anywhere else.

I started writing poems first. Bad, bad poems. Poems that always featured whichever vocabulary word I had learned that week and decided was my current obsession. I remember when I learned the word ‘compelling’, that was a big one for me. Everything was suddenly compelling. My grandmother’s meatballs were compelling. My middle school boyfriend was really compelling. I applied to Tisch’s Dramatic Writing Program at NYU with a portfolio full of poetry. I never expected to get in. I remember they had a lunch for the people who had been accepted, and they gave us this big speech where they told us we should not come if we didn’t KNOW we wanted to be a playwright because this was a serious program for serious people. Yikes. I was a wreck. I remember stuffing my coat pockets full of cheese cubes and running for the door. I had no idea if I could write a play. But thankfully after my first class with my first teacher there, Paul Selig, I was hooked. I was in.

I went to graduate school at the Michener Program at UT Austin, which is a great program with an incredibly generous fellowship. It came at the perfect time in my life- I was working at a rare bookstore in the West Village, taking on as many tiny freelance writing jobs as I could, and I was very, very broke. And along came this huge gift. It was a chance to have time and space to write without having to worry about money for a little while.


TS:  What inspired you to write
Too Much, Too Much, Too Many? What do you feel the play is about?

MK: I’m interested in grief.  The ways in which it can take up space. The hold it has. It’s a very particular power. That’s really what the play is about at its core. But it’s also about love- lasting, strong love. There are people in my life who have had the kind of love that Rose and James had, and seeing it has always completely leveled me.  I don’t know if there’s anything more full than that kind of intimacy, that kind of closeness.  So it’s also a bit of a love letter to that.


TS: Can you describe what you look for in a director? In casting actors for this production?

MK: I want to feel that the director and I speak the same language. I’m really starting to feel like meeting directors is a lot like dating. I haven’t actually been on all that many dates so I guess I’m imagining here, but I look for someone who is really listening and who I really want to listen to and that there’s a natural understanding and ease there without a lot of hoopla. I’m very lucky to have met Sheryl Kaller. She is all that and more. She’s a gem.  And we had a great first date.  I really love actors. Good actors make my day again and again. This is a very intimate play, and the space we’re in is very small- so there’s no room for even the slightest bit of falseness.  So far we’ve been extremely lucky in who we’ve found. I can’t really talk about it yet but I am very, very excited.


TS. What are you working on now besides the Underground production of Too Much, Too Much, Too Many?

MK: I’m working on a new play called Talk To Me of Love that’s based on my mother’s adolescence in Brooklyn in a very strict Italian-Catholic family. She always talked about a plane that crashed in her neighborhood when she was young and how that crash changed something for everyone in her family. So I’m using that moment in time, in the winter of 1960, and building the story around it. It’s also a very personal play. There’s a lot of Italian spoken in it. A lot of Italian food. I’m always hungry when I work on it. It makes me ache for my grandmother’s meatballs. Her very compelling meatballs.

 

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many plays at the Black Box Theatre October 25 through January 5. All tickets are just $20. For more information and tickets, please visit our website.


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I am happy to announce that Rebecca Henderson, Luke Kirby, James Rebhorn, and Phyllis Somerville will be joining us for the Roundabout Underground production of Meghan Kennedy’s Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, directed by Sheryl Kaller.

James is a long-time Roundabout favorite, most recently seen in Twelve Angry Men and The Overwhelming.  I am also pleased to welcome Rebecca, Luke, and Phyllis to Roundabout. Phyllis’s incredible career spans television, theatre, and film, including roles on “House of Cards,” “Sex and the City,” and “The Big C.” Rebecca was last seen Off-Broadway in The Collection and A Kind of Alaska, and Luke has many film and television credits including Take this Waltz and “Slings and Arrows.”

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (Sets), Zach Blane (Lights), Jess Goldstein (Costumes), and Broken Chord (Original Music & Sound).

This wonderful company brings a wealth of talent to the Underground, and I am thrilled to have them with us this season. I encourage you to purchase your tickets now as shows at our 62-seat Black Box Theatre tend to sell out early. For more information, please visit our website.

Todd Haimes
Artistic Director


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Roundabout Underground Show Announcement

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by Todd Haimes

 

Meghan Kennedy

It is my pleasure to announce that Too Much, Too Much, Too Many by Meghan Kennedy will premiere in the Underground this fall. Sheryl Kaller will direct this Black Box production.

As with all Underground playwrights, Meghan will be making her New York professional debut with her heartfelt and surprisingly funny story of moving forward in the face of grief, loss, and disappointment. Sheryl, who is making her Roundabout debut, was nominated for a Tony for her direction of Next Fall on Broadway and has directed at many theatres in New York and across the country

I am excited to welcome Meghan and Sheryl to the Underground family. With the incredible success of our Underground alumni over the past six seasons, I am sure this is just the beginning of their artistic journey with Roundabout.

Shows in our 62-seat Black Box Theatre tend to sell out early. Sign up to Roundabout’s Email Club for first access to tickets for Too Much, Too Much, Too Many.

Todd Haimes
Artistic Director


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