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Meet the Playwright: Jeannette Farr

Meet Jeanette Farr, playwright of Turning Over, one of six plays being featured in LAB RESULTS 2020.

What book or play do you reread over and over?
Anything written by Tennessee Williams; and Our Town by Thornton Wilder which, as with each phase of life, tends to become richer and richer with age, but a good reminder to live every moment. I will always see an August Wilson or Theatre of the Absurd (Beckett) if in production.
What was the first play you wrote?
I think I was about 6 years old. I also played the mean old witch and performed it for the neighborhood.
Do you have a favorite playwright?
Tennessee Williams. I’ve been told I write a bit like Sam Shepard; I really like Steven Adly Guirgis and am currently exploring Sarah Ruhl, Audrey Cefaly, and our own Stephanie Walker and Jennifer Maisel.
Do you prefer writing comedy or drama?
I think there’s a little of both in my writing. As in life. Tragedy plus time equals comedy, they say…
Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered?
Pretty much cluttered, but I know where everything is.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I love a good burrito – so much can fit in that tortilla, right?
Do you collect anything?
I used to collect frogs. Now I have a soft spot for journals and composition books with interesting covers.
What is one of your favorite smells?
Coffee (although I rarely partake) and freshly cut grass
What is the best compliment you’ve received?
This one is tough. And tough to receive as I am so humble. I’m learning to simply accept them and say “thank you”.
Do you like surprises?
Depends. Pleasant ones. Unexpected letters. Theatre is full of surprises (or has the potential, right?)
Create your perfect ice cream sundae
Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge (thick and not completely melts everything), toasted almonds, whipped cream and two cherries. Now I want one!
What song always gets you on the dance floor?
Something funky. Bruno Mars gets me to sing out loud!
Do you have a go-to joke?
I did, but not appropriate to tell here.
Road trips or planes?
Road trips! Snacks, music, conversation and you learn so much with the people you are road-tripping with.

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