SPACE: Who are you, and what is the project you’re working on here at SPACE?

TEDDY BERGMAN: We are Woodshed Collective and we are primarily working on a play about DB Cooper with the writer Tommy Smith who is sitting right across the table from me.

TOMMY SMITH: Hello.

TEDDY BERGMAN: And also a variety of other nascent company shows in development.

SPACE: Where are you in the process and how have you been using your time at SPACE?

TOMMY SMITH: Specifically, for the DB Cooper project we are 35% towards our ultimate goal of it, which is to obviously mount a production. What we’ve done at SPACE is essentially build out this very complicated matrix of at least 8 primary story lines, if not, maybe two dozen smaller storylines for this complicated site-specific performance.  I guess how I’ve used it is essentially doing a round-robin of all the places I can write in so that every day I was writing in a place that was totally different. I felt that that spurred my writing a lot.

TEDDY BERGMAN: I would also say that the physical proximity for our company – which is comprised of a number of people who generate work and develop work collaboratively – to be in a bucolic setting, fed delicious food by wonderful people, has afforded us an incredible opportunity to move things along within a time frame that we could not have done otherwise, and be inspired in the process.

EMILY FISHBAINE: Yeah I think you can’t overestimate the positive effect of having everyone in a beautiful place and having various day-to-day stresses and distractions removed.

TEDDY BERGMAN: I also just think the peculiarities of this spot, this land and this house, engender a creative, wholesome, wonderful, and nourishing spirit to keep working and making work.

SPACE: So what is next for these projects when you leave SPACE?

TEDDY BERGMAN: We have set up further development plans: workshops, showings, checkmarks, content development and goals.  Our time at SPACE helped us really set up and establish what we want the next 9 months to look like in a more concrete way because we got a real sense of where we are.

SPACE: Last question, and you all get to answer it. If you could come back in another life and be either a vegetable or a farm animal what would you want to come back as? Pick one that speaks to you.

JOCELYN KURITSKY:  Oh my God. Watermelon.

SPACE: Why watermelon?

JOCELYN KURITSKY: Because.

SPACE: Because you just ate it?

JOCELYN KURITSKY: Because it’s delicious.

TEDDY BERGMAN: I think I would be one of those really juicy heirloom tomatoes here.  I admire the flavor and I admire the individuality of each heirloom tomato. Yeah.

GABE HAINER EVANSOHN:  I think I might be a zucchini.

EMILY FISHBAINE: You took mine!

GABE HAINER EVANSOHN:  You have the flower phase, and then the budding phase, there’s a duration to it.  There are many different aspects.  I think I would be a zucchini.

SPACE: Stephen…

STEPHEN SQUIBB: I would be a rooster. They seem to know what’s up.

EMILY FISHBAINE: The rooster here knows what’s up.

JOCELYN KURITSKY: Yeah at 6 am.

STEPHEN SQUIBB: When you’re the rooster it’s up to you. It’s on you.  The day begins when you say so.

TOMMY SMITH: I would be one of those dogs over there [the dogs belong to Alan Ryder]. I could run really fast through this environment and through bushes, and I also wouldn’t have the brain power to remember any of my worries.

EMILY FISHBAINE: I would be a raspberry bush I guess.  A little spiny, a little sweet. Growing next to the zucchinis.

SPACE: Well that is the end of your interview.  Thank you so very much!

TOMMY SMITH: Thank you SPACE on Ryder Farm!