Introducing: 2015 ONSTAGE Playwright, Celine Song

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Celine Song headshotI can’t wait to see what else Celine Song has up her sleeves.  Celine sent us a delightfully twisted monologue called THE FEAST, which not only scored super high with her peers, but with basically everyone else who has read it or heard it along the way.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the play might leave you a little… hungry.  THE FEAST stars Elaine Woods and is directed by Mary Timpany.

LBDI: Why did you decide to submit your work to this year’s ONSTAGE Project?

CELINE: Tiffany told us about the opportunity at Great Plains Theatre Conference.

LBDI: Describe your writing space…

CELINE: I don’t have any specific writing space, because I don’t like to get superstitious about where I write. But it’s just on my laptop, with a thousand other tabs open on Safari, usually with a TV show running in the background next to my document and my sister playing video games next to me on the couch.

LBDI: If you could be any literary character, who would you be?

CELINE: I want a happy and peaceful ending for myself, so I think I want to be Larry Darrell in Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge.

LBDI: What was your first play titled/about?

CELINE: A one act called Sound Utterly Serious! It was a very serious play about technology and mortality, where I used the found text from one of the first iPhone tutorials ever made by Apple.

LBDI: Which theatricians do you admire and what about them inspires you?

CELINE: Bertolt Brecht’s epicness, Kuro Tanino’s sick sense of humor, Caryl Churchill’s discipline, Wallace Shawn’s militant sense of purpose, Chuck Mee’s joie de vivre.

LBDI: Why do you write for theatre? (as opposed to other written mediums…)

CELINE: Honestly, because I love doing it.

LBDI: What message would you put in a fortune cookie?

CELINE: “Capitalism Works For Me! True/False”

LBDI: Morning, Noon, or Night?


More About Celine:

Celine Song is a 2014-2015 Ars Nova Play Group member, a 2012 Edward F. Albee Foundation Writing Fellow, a 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab Playwright, a 2014 resident at Yaddo, and a IATI Theater’s 2015 Cimientos Playwright. Her plays include The Feast, Family, and Tom & Eliza. MFA: Columbia

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