What is your name and where are you from?
I’m Alex Borinsky and I’m from Baltimore.
What have you been working on here at SPACE?
I am working on two things. I’ve mostly been writing this commission from Clubbed Thumb to work on a play about a one-room schoolhouse in Montana. And then on the other side of my brain I’m starting to concoct something that’s about large groups of people and is very long.
Where have you been spending most of your time since you’ve been here on the farm?
I’ve been spending a lot of time in Kay Hall, sitting at the table in there. And also in those adirondack chairs.
What’s coming up next for this project you’re working on?
The schoolhouse one I think I’ll do a little workshop or reading of at some point after I finish the first draft. I’ll probably try and do the other one myself at some point.
Do you write for yourself ever?
Sometimes, yeah. I put up a show this past year that I performed in with a couple of people so I feel like I’ve been writing stuff that’s doable given the resources I have.
Will you tell me about The Witches.
That was the one I was in. I actually started that one here last year. I started to wonder if a description of a play could be as interesting as the play itself. So it sort of is one long description of something that is like a play that keeps changing or keeps vanishing or turning around. About that ritual of going to the theater and coming back from the theater and how does that fit into life in the city, how does that fit with friendships and community. So it’s this one long weird text and I got some of my favorite queer makers...some actors, one filmmaker, a director/playwright -- and we made it. It was a strange little reading ritual. Ritual of recitation in a room of people.
And were the artists involved The Witches?
Yeah I think we were all the witches, casting some sort of spell.
If you were to be reincarnated as a farm animal, which animal would you be and why?
There was a beautiful, puffy white bunny. It was completely bizarre, like how does this creature survive in the wild? So I was going to say the bunny, but I think it’s actually one of the horses. There are the two fields opposite one another and then there’s the field that’s further down to the right? With the donkey and the horse. The brown horse is me.