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Interview: Em Weinstein Discusses “SOLDIERGIRLS”

For theater, I like to give myself constraints. So for this, the constraint was that I wanted to write this for two people, partially because I love 2-person plays. There aren’t enough of them, and also, they’re so much more producible, and it’s amazing to watch two people pull something off, so I gave myself that challenge. It sort of opened up the door for me in terms of what the piece was going to be like stylistically – I wanted it to be a bunch of different genres and I wanted it to be ironic and funny and also heartfelt at the same time. That was all sort of outside-in thinking about this piece which isn’t always how it is, but helped me get into it. The more I worked on it, the more I have fallen in love with the characters and their story, but it frankly came about by thinking about the structure itself, and what I wanted to play to feel like and how I wanted it to be formed versus what it was actually going to be – form then content rather than the other way around.

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Interviewing Crystal Field, Artistic Director or Theater for the New City

Life cannot exist without art.  That is something that is hard to get into people’s heads, because they say ‘I have to eat.  I have to pay the rent.  I have to be warm in the Winter and cooler in the Summer, if possible.’  They don’t realize that if you took their art away, if their art got taken away, they would die.  They only know it, when it gets taken away. 

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