What is your name and where are you from?
My Name is Clare Barron and I’m from Wenatchee, Washington. Now I live in Brooklyn.
Where did you go to school?
I went to Yale undergrad.
What project have you been working on at SPACE?
I came up the first time with EST to workshop Maggie Bofill’s play Winners, which is happening at EST sometime this year. So I was here as an actor and it was really fun. We were workshopping in the barn and I was playing a cat… to Graeme Gillis’s dog. And so it was lots of rehearsal, and then rewrites, a little bit of improvements, trying new pages, trying new cuts and then like swimming and boating while Maggie hid herself away and wrote.
And then now I’ve been here this week as a writer and I’m working on revising a play called You Got Older that I just wrote a first draft of in the spring. So now I’m sort of hauling it out and doing my first pass of revisions.
What is it about?
It’s about someone whose life falls apart and a bunch of people in her life get really sick and she goes home to live with her dad and it’s sort of about the crazy thoughts that go through your head when someone you love is really sick and how it changes the way you think about your body and your relationship to you body and intimacy with a parent.
How have you been spending your time at SPACE?
Well today I woke up and had breakfast and then we did writing exercises as a group, with the rest of the Youngbloods. We all wrote these little short plays. Then, I went off and had private writing time. Then Tony Meneses, who is a Youngblood member and a certified yoga instructor, lead a yoga class on the lawn. We had lunch and after that I wrote for a couple more hours. Then we all went down to the lake and canoed and swam. Then we actually had a musical sing a long in Kay Hall lead by Eric March where we sang various Disney songs and musical theater songs. We had dinner and now we are heading off for a reading and discussion of Leah Nanako Winkler’s play in the barn. We’re going to have a bonfire later tonight.
What’s coming up next for you?
I’m about to go to the Cape Cod Theater Festival to act in a new play by Alena Smith.
Where is your favorite place to work at SPACE?
I like the little music room, the parlor, with the piano. I like the old furniture and it’s very private and dark and cool and feels sort of secluded from the rest of the house and sort of in another – you feel like you’re in another Era. I also like writing down at the dock in my journal.
If you were reincarnated as a farm animal what animal would you be and why?
I would be a farm cat because she’s the queen of the farm and she keeps whatever hours she wants and is just very bad-ass.
Interviewed by Michael Calciano.