Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, sat down with playwright Andrew Hinderaker to discuss the play.
Ted Sod: Will you give us some background information on yourself: where you're from, where you were educated, when you decided to become a playwright?
Andrew Hinderaker: I grew up in Wisconsin which, I think shapes a lot of my writing. There's a Midwestern earnestness that's at the core of what I write despite the dark and even sarcastic premise of some of the work. I lived in Madison, Wisconsin through high school and then I went out to Stanford to do my undergraduate/graduate degrees. I started taking fiction writing classes and wrote a number of short stories. In my junior year, I entered a one-act competition on a bet which was accepted as part of a festival. It really was not a good play. I’m not being modest; it was a very bad play. But that experience of being in the rehearsal room and working with actors and a director, I immediately felt an excitement that I hadn’t felt in any other academic pursuit. After graduating, I realized that I’d gone though my undergraduate degree and had done very little theatre and very little reading even though I had a degree in English and creative writing. So I ended up designing my own master’s program at Stanford. I stumbled into these great opportunities and put things up on stage routinely. I did a couple internships out at San Jose Rep and TheatreWorks and got immersed that way. Finally, I came up to Chicago and got started there.
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