What is your name? Where are you from?
My name is Heidi Armbruster and I’m from Waunakee, Wisconsin.
What is the project you are working on at SPACE?
Over the course of the summer I have been working on a couple of different projects. This week I have been trying to finish up this screenplay adaptation of one of my plays, Dairyland. I have also been working on a play about Agatha Christie, more specifically following the fictional premise of the discovery of previously unknown Christie works. It turns out, however, that recently people have actually discovered about 10 previously unknown Agatha Christie works, in real life (not in my play). So, that’s what I’m working on [laughs].
Where have you been spending most of your time at SPACE?
I’m a bit of a rover. I like Kay Hall because of the air conditioning. On rainy days, like today, I like the parlor seat by the window in the Sycamores.
What’s coming up next for you and your project?
Well, I am going to the Agatha Christie festival this Monday, the eve of Agatha Christie’s 125th birthday. The festival is sure to be a collection of eclectic cat ladies, which I am one of. I’m hoping to find my tribe. They are doing a writer’s retreat in conjunction with the festival, so I am doing some workshops there as well. Also, as the fictional premise of my play, they just uncovered these Agatha Christie novels, so I’m meeting with a person who is writing a book on that and I’m meeting a person who archived and wrote about her notebooks. I’m really looking forward to it.
If you were reincarnated as a farm animal, what farm animal would you be and why?
The cat. I am one already. I would definitely be reincarnated as a cat. I also want to take Sammy (the farm cat) home, or build him a little house, because I feel like he is the victim of gentrification and has no where to live.
Interview by Matt McAlister.