What is your name? Where are you from?
My name is Luis Roberto Herrera and I’m from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
What project are you working on this week?
I’m working on finishing a full length play that I started a few weeks ago called Bang Bang. I’m half way through the second act. I’d like to finish it by Thursday night. I’ve been working on Bang Bang since June. I had an idea for a play in an extreme circumstance and went with it. I started and stopped in the writing process and it wasn’t until this residency that I had the time and inspiration that I felt I was lacking. The change of scenery really helps.
Bang Bang is a dark comedy about three friends who are down on their luck. One of them works in a bank, so the group attempts to organize a heist. They think they can get away with it in their small town; security isn’t a real concern. It flips to a marriage between a woman and a man. The woman is a security guard at the bank. Their marriage is strained because he recently lost his job in the city. Those scenes cross into one another. Stuff goes wrong at the bank heist, despite the audience not seeing it, and people get hurt. The security guard gets taken and then things start to crumble within the friend group. Eventually we see the couple turn on each other. There’s a bunch of twists I don’t want to reveal. It has a Tarantino-esque ending that has me excited. As far as film directors go, I’m a fan of Wes Anderson, Spike Jones, and Alejandro Iñárritu.
What is the next step for your project?
I have a reading at GableStage in Miami on October 9. I’m nervous and excited. I didn’t think it would happen, but it’s happening! There’s a mid-size playwriting scene in Ft. Lauderdale, and it feels good to be among a small group of local writers whose work is being produced.
Where do you like to work on the farm?
I’ve done in my room at the desk and in Kay Hall. I don’t have a desk in my room at home, so any spot that provides a desk is a new thing for me. Writing outside is also really nice.
If you could be a farm animal, which would you be and why?
I’d want to be a duck. They seem fun. The noise they make is ridiculous compared to what they look like. To me, ducks tend to look graceful and confident. When you hear their quack, this weird dying sound come out of them - dear God. They look a little goofy, which I identify with at times. They can fly and swim too; who wouldn’t want to be able to do both?
How has your experience at SPACE been?
This is my first residency, though I’ve looked into them before. After being at SPACE, it opened my mind to the idea of applying to more. Knock on wood, I would love to come back here for a bit longer of a residency some day.