What is your name and where are you from?
 
My name is Ben Graney. I’m originally from Walnut Creek, CA in the Bay Area, and now I live in Brooklyn, NY.

What is the project you’ve been working on at SPACE?
 
The project I’ve been working on is called From The Miraculous. It’s the first solo show I’ve ever attempted. It’s a true story—a journey through my own family tree, the Cosmos, and if I’ve done my job, the lives of audience members.

How have you been spending your time at SPACE?
 
I’ve spent my time at SPACE doing re-writes of the script. I arrived with a full draft, and was interested in revising, editing, and adding new material, all of which I’ve done. I’ve taken walks, helped out on the farm for an afternoon, watched the ducks and chickens amble around, eaten delicious food, and taken a couple naps. I’ve also shared drinks and long, brilliant conversations with the other playwrights, and I’ve tried to soak up all the knowledge of their processes as possible. I’m an actor primarily, so hearing the working methods from people who are primarily playwrights I’ve found to be hugely helpful in my own process. Oh yeah, and we watched The Shining one night, over ice cream!

What’s coming up next for you?
 
At the end of July, I’m heading out for a couple of weeks for a family vacation, and then I’m going to The Guthrie in Minneapolis to do The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Leigh Silverman.

If you could be any farm animal, which would you be and why?
 
I’d be a chicken, because man, those things are fearless. They’ll just look at you like you’re the weird-looking one!
Interviewed by Jasmine Stiefel.