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Meet the Playwright: Sean Abley

Get to know Sean Abley, whose play Tea Party is one of six being featured in LAB RESULTS 2020.

What book or play do you reread over and over?
The Stand by Stephen King; anything by Sam Shepard
What was the first play you wrote?
Robert Wilfred Witmark on His Life, Taking Liberties, and the Pursuit of Other Stuff. (I was 16!)
Do you have a favorite playwright?
Sam Shepard. I’m a student of Off-Off Broadway and have read everything he’s written.
Do you prefer writing comedy or drama?
Almost every play I’ve written has both so… both!
Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered?
Are you asking me or my husband?
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Do you collect anything?
Horror movie reference books.
What is one of your favorite smells?
What is the best compliment you’ve received?
“Your play will change people’s lives.” (I’m not sure I believe it, but I was stunned when they said it.)
Do you like surprises?
I like surprises that involve cake, travel, or someone picking up the check.
Create your perfect ice cream sundae.
Brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream.
What song always gets you on the dance floor?
Anything by ABBA
Do you have a go-to joke?
Three peanuts were walking down the street in a bad section of town and one was a-salt-ed.
Road trips or planes?
Road trips! I’m a terrible flyer!

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