The Pickwyck had the amazing opportunity to talk to the incredibly talented playwright, Mr. Simon Stephens. Simon has written an abundance of plays such as Birdland, Sea Wall, Punk Rock and Broadway's newest obsession, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time!
Simon talks about future projects, how he loves to make people cry (by watching his plays) and much, much more in this new interview.
What was your first job?
Oh, that sounds like fun...
What made you want to do playwrighting instead of continuing to teach? What sparked your interest?
The first play that you put on/what was it?
Do you have an affinity for a specific genre?
Speaking of Curious Incident, I personally loved it. I was moved to tears several times when I saw it...
There was quite a few sniffles in the audience actually when I went and saw it a couple of months ago!
I saw it in October; I want to say October 10th or 11th.
Well, you can believe that if you want to! With Curious, there is quite a strong message in that show -
Oh, God. You’re putting me on the spot! I believe, Christopher's passion in the show to learn his maths and then to find out who killed the dog - he’s extremely driven and I got the feeling that he’s gifted, he’s very gifted, I don’t want to say he’s autistic or anything like that but I could feel his frustration on the stage and it was really moving.
What do you want people to walk away with after they see the show?
So, what is Punk Rock about?
That’s a good description.
What first attracted you to write Punk Rock and Curious?
You adapted curious from the book, did you have a lot of challenges?
What was going through your mind when you won the Olivier?
Do you have any works in the works? Any upcoming plays?
That's really amazing!