What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Emily Feldman. I was born in Baltimore. I grew up in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Since leaving Philadelphia for college, I’ve lived all over the country. I’m about to move back to New York.
What is the project you’re working on at SPACE?
I am working on a first draft of a new play. Right now, I’m just calling it Untitled Family Tragedy. The characters don’t even have names yet. My impulse to make it was that I wanted to write an American tragedy in the vein of an Arthur Miller play, but in my own voice. I haven’t written anything quite like this before. I’m excited about it. Death of A Salesman is definitely a touchstone for me on this play.
Have you been reading a lot of Arthur Miller?
I was pretty impacted by a production of A View From The Bridge that I saw a few years ago. I reread Death of A Salesman. I’m also really inspired by Thornton Wilder plays. I reread my collection of his one acts. I always read Our Town before I start anything new.
Where have you been spending most of your time at SPACE?
I love my room this week in Kay Hall. I’ve also gotten comfortable in the kitchen nook. It makes me feel like I’m in a home. I really like it. The table feels very formal. The little kitchen nook makes me feel like I live here.
What is coming up next for you and your project?
I would love to finish a draft. I’m trying not to rush it. I’m very excited for the Roving Dinner that is coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m moving to New York on Sunday. I’ve lived there before, but I’m moving back after four years away. That’s not really on this project, but that’s on my life project.
For the Roving Dinner, are you using this play or another?
I wasn’t going to because I didn’t think it would be ready. This is the thing I’ve been thinking about while I’ve been up here and I wanted to, so I’ll share the first ten pages. I don’t know if they’ll actually end up being the first ten pages, but they’re the first ten pages for now.
If you were reincarnated as a farm animal, which farm animal would you be and why?
I thought about this this morning because I knew it was coming. I’ve actually never seen a frog on the farm, but when I walk out to the lake for bonfires, I hear them. They are so ridiculously loud. I’m fascinated by the life they live at night. I’m also kind of an insomniac. I’m going to go with a frog.