Let’s start with your name, where you are from, and what you are working on here at SPACE.
My name is Kevin Armento, I live in Brooklyn, and I am up here with the Ars Nova playwrights group to write for a few days.
And are you working on anything in particular?
I am. I sort of promised myself to use these few days to work on a play I am in the really early stages of. I have been doing a lot of rewriting and polishing. The isolation of being up here and having long days to really write was important to work on a new thing and generate a lot of new content, so I have been doing a lot of that.
I only have the first few pages, but I am trying to finish it this week. It’s about a young woman who is hiking the Appalachian Trail and she has to seek shelter because a storm is coming. She comes to this house with this old man and his two sons. The old man is blind and like 400 years old. It’s sort of a folktale play about this clash of cultures and generations and gender where I think we are going to uncover she is there for more divine purposes and ancestral purposes. It gets darker, very much like a Pinter play, and impulse driven. This is the perfect place to write it because it’s like a creepy cabin in Appalachia.
So where have you been spending most of your time here at SPACE?
I have been on this amazing bench-couch. What would you call this? A bench- couch? No. It’s like a window seat? A window bench? It’s a window- bench- couch. That’s what we are going to call it. I have been alternating between the window-bench-couch and the porch. I haven’t been to the gazebo yet but that is my goal for this evening.
Last question. If you could be reincarnated as a farm animal, what would you be and why?
Oh god. Probably a weasel. That is a farm animal right? They break into the chicken coop… yeah, I feel like a little bit of a rabble-rouser and trouble maker so I think maybe I would be a weasel. On good days people would think I was cute and feisty and on bad days like “Get this fucking weasel out of here, what is he doing?”
Interviewed by Cameron Morton