What’s your name and where are you from?
I’m Dave Malloy and I’m originally from Lakewood, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. Then I was in the Bay Area for a long time and now I live in Brooklyn.
What are you working on here at SPACE?
I’m working on a small children’s show about Little Bunny Foo Foo, which is literally just an adaptation of that song, with the playwright Anne Washburn. Then, I’m working on a giant musical adaptation of Moby Dick that I’ve been working on for a few years. So I have these two totem animals [laughs].
Have you ever done children’s theatre before?
I haven’t, actually, no. I’m so excited about it. I’ve worked with teenagers, but [Little Bunny Foo Foo] is a show that’s like, the field mice are children from four to nine or something. I’m very excited; I love children’s music and I love stuff that--Anne Washburn is such a smart playwright and it is very much that thing that totally appeals to children but there’s like another level of nerdiness that will appeal to adults as well. She’s kind of modeled it after a Bugs Bunny cartoon, in a way. So there’s two levels of humor going on. I’m excited to explore that in the music, too, to have music that is very sing-along-able for kids but then also has a layer of sophistication for adults.
Where have you been spending most of your time on the farm?
I’ve been in the chicken coop. It’s been great, because it’s a nice, tight, empty room, so singing in it is really fun. My voice sounds really big in it. I feel like I can caterwaul down there without disturbing people, I hope. I didn’t get any complaints last night, so [laughs]...
What’s coming up next for you and both of these projects?
Both of them have workshops. Bunny Foo Foo is happening in January at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, so we have a workshop next month for that. Moby Dick we have--it’s a co-commission between the Public Theater and Berkeley Rep, so I think we’re going to do one more big workshop in the fall, and then hopefully go into production. Probably Berkeley first and then New York but we’ll see how the schedules line up.
If you were reincarnated as a farm animal, what animal would you be and why?
Weird [laughs]. Probably a sheep. I’ve always really liked sheep. I like Scotland a lot, and they just get to really hang out, just eat grass. I’m allergic to wool, so it’d be really nice to be reincarnated as something that wasn’t allergic to wool.
Interview by Maggie Gayford