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.
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!