Okay, lets start with you telling us your full name, and a little bit about yourself
Okay, my name is Lydia Blaisdell and I’m a playwright. I was born in California, but I grew up in Connecticut. And then I was based out of New York for a while, and I’m currently living in Texas going to grad school.
Very cool. Where are you going to grad school?
The Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin.
That’s awesome. So, you’re here at SPACE, and what are you working on while you’re here?
Mostly I’m revising a three-act farce called Love Motel.
Love Motel — wait, what’s that about?
Well, it’s about a marriage gone wrong, and cheating significant others, but trying to bring farce into the contemporary world.
Yeah, I feel like we don’t see a lot of farce anymore—
You’re here as a part of Youngblood. How long have you been in the program?
Since 2011, I believe? I was very lucky. I got into Youngblood pretty young, so I’ve been in the group for a while, and still have some more time.
Did you just apply while you were living in New York?
What’s your favorite thing you’ve done as a part of Youngblood?
The dance parties are really good. Definitely a highlight. And I think… do you mean artistically?
Take it as you will, artistically, or your favorite dance party?
I think, before I left for Texas, I got to write a Farewell Brunch, which was nice to do knowing I was coming back. It ended up being this play that only had four lines and was like a series of actions… and Alex Borinsky was in it. It ended up being a just really satisfying experience.
I’ve heard you guys talking about the brunches a lot, what are they?
Basically, every month of the season, Youngblood does a brunch. It’s all you can eat breakfast, all you can drink Bloody Marys and mimosas— I used to bartend a lot for the brunches— and then it’s usually five, sometimes a little more, short plays around a theme. It’s a really good time and they’re fully produced so instead of hearing your work in a reading, which we all get much more, you get to see the play on its feet with actors at EST. It’s a great time, and everyone should check it out.
Does Youngblood work really closely with EST?
Yeah, yeah. So EST is the ‘mother ship:’ that tends to be the metaphor we like to use, and Younglood is a branch of it.
That’s cool. I never knew what the connection was, whether you work together or were a part of one another. So, when you’re not working on your play, what else do you spend your time at SPACE doing.
I volunteered on the farm yesterday. So, I got to do a little bit of weeding, and I got to make bouquets which was really fun—
The ones they were selling at Union Square?
Yeah, yeah, very proud. Then I’ve been canoeing a little bit… some corn hole, Frisbee.
Being active! Good stuff! So you’re in a graduate program, but then what are you doing once you leave SPACE, what’s coming up next?
I am lucky enough— my school is sending my to the Oregon Shakespeare for a week to observe, so I’m really excited.
That’s so cool!
I’m going to go out there and see some shows, and get to hang out with some of their staff. It’s going to be awesome.
What shows are they doing?
They’re doing a Lynn Nottage and a Quiara Alegría Hudes this year. They obviously do a lot of Shakespeare, but they’re commissioning new large scale about history right now. It’s really awesome. It’s going to be cool to see.
Okay, last question: if you were to be reincarnated as any farm animal what it be and why?
Hmm… I think those horses have a good life. I think just hanging out in a field seems… that seems like they have pretty good life.
Just to clarify, would you like to be one of our horses or your own horse, ‘Lydia the Horse?’
I think I’d probably be Lydia the Horse. I’d jump the fence and going swimming.
You’d be ‘Lydia the Swimming Horse!’
Yes, I would.
Interviewed by Leigha Sinnott