What is your name? Where are you from?

My name is Nick Gandiello. I’m from Long Island originally, and I live in Harlem in New York City now.

What is the project you’re working on while at SPACE?
The project seems to be becoming relaxing or like learning how to relax again. But in terms of writing I’m working on a re-write of a play, the second draft of a play, that I was really concerned about a lot of the big themes and issues in it, and the rewrites are becoming a lot about deepening the relationships. I don’t think it’s work I could have gotten done in the city so I’m really happy to be doing it here.

How have you been spending your time while at SPACE?
Beside eating delicious food, and enjoying the site of the back yard here, a lot of time reading by the lake which is my favorite thing to do here. A lot of reading of plays that I’ve been meaning to read and sitting in my room plugging away at the pages.

What’s next for you?
I’m going with Page 73 productions to their summer residency at Yale in August, so I’m really stoked for that. More immediately I’m actually going down to Miami with Young Playwrights Inc to teach some workshops at a conference. 

If you were to be reincarnated as a farm animal, what farm animal would you be?
That is an excellent question. So actually I was thinking of this animal this morning by the lake. I don’t know if it counts as a farm animal, but there’s something in the weeds and the bushes by the lake that makes this really confident horn sound. I want to be that mysterious thing that is so confident to be like “Hey I’m here, you don’t gotta see me, but I’m here.” I want to be that mysterious thing by the lake.

Interviewed by Lorenzo Roberts