What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Adam Bock. I live in Hell’s Kitchen in New York. I’m originally from Montreal.
What project have you been working on at SPACE?
I’m working on a commission from the NYU graduate acting program to write a play for eight of their third year students...I have the summer to write it. During a workshop in May, I sent them out to the Metropolitan Museum and asked them to bring back examples of people on their cell phones and it was amazing...I’m writing a play about media and particularly cell phones and how they impact our lives. And I’m gonna work on structuring a new musical and probably I’ll do some rewrites on my play that starts previews in September at Playwrights Horizons.
Where have you spent most of your time here at SPACE?
I write in my room while I’m here. I have this great room and I love it. And I spend a fair amount of time hanging out with this horse and this donkey who live in one of the pastures on the way down to the lake. They’re kinda grumpy guys but I like pulling up grass and feeding them. They seem to get excited about that. And I like to watch the chickens and go hunting for the rabbits that escaped this year…and I love the trees and birds. It’s kinda crazy to be around all this nature after New York with all of its concrete and occasional fake flowers.
What’s coming up next for you and your projects?
Playwrights Horizons is doing the world premiere of my latest play, A Life. It’s going to be directed by Anne Kauffman. Some great actors are going to be in it, including David Hyde Pierce. And while I’m in previews at Playwrights, we’ll be rehearsing the play I’m writing for NYU. It’s going up in November. And later I’ll be workshopping a brand new musical that’ll be coming out sometime next year.
If you were to be reincarnated as a farm animal what would it be?
You know it’s funny, I went to a psychic in San Francisco known for giving you a spirit animal. And she said “You don’t have a spirit animal, you have a spirit young tree." So I think I’d come back as a birch or a maple. Every spring I feel very welcome at Space since I have a young tree in me - and all my buddy trees are around me.