“I have worked for many years as a communications strategist at a New York City ad agency. After thousands of interviews over thousands of hours, it’s still fascinating to me to uncover how people feel (often they cannot say) and insights about how they can be motivated. All of this work feeds and informs my plays. But the core inspiration for my writing is usually one small thing that inexplicably stops me and makes me see something in a new light – a newspaper item, a personal story, a scientific fact, or an odd comment – and I begin to imagine a story…” says playwright Kate Gill, who spoke with us thoughtfully and proved to be a perfect addition to our our list of lady-influencers of the arts in NYC.
Soundview Summer is just such a story. Billy and Jack thought they had found the ideal summer job. Decent hours … good money … and it was a no-brainer … just clean up the Soundview Nuclear Power Plant. After being nominated for three MITF Awards after its initial workshop presentation, it is now on the verge of opening its first full-scale production.
Hudson Theatre Works will present a limited run of Kate Gill’s powerful stage play about two young men’s altered lives due to the unsafe surroundings of their summer job at a nuclear power plant.
Preview is November 3 @ 8:00 pm; Opening is the following night, November 4 @ 8:00 pm; and will run November 5 @ 3:00 pm, November 9, 10, 11 @ 8:00 pm, November 12 @ 3:00 pm, November 16, 17, 18 @ 8:00 pm, November 19 @ 3:00 pm, at Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street, NYC, a unique incubator of indie works. Come for the engaging play, study the unique theater setting. For tickets, go online at www.theaterlabnyc.com.
Why this piece, this subject? Why now?
I started writing Soundview Summer years ago. By chance, I met a man just a few months ago, who believes his health was ruined by working in a nuclear power plant and he shared his very moving story with me. Today with all the political talk about less regulations and letting business do what’s best for business – an environment is emerging where workers could be less protected and more likely to be damaged or exploited.
What’s the parable or moral of this play? Who do we feel-for?
Living with a lie destroys your life – you are only free when you you live your truth.
What is your opinion of indie theater?
It’s where much innovation and creative energy comes from – it is freer than commercial theater to explore new territory.
Finally, my favorite, what’s it like being a woman in the NYC arts scene in the 21st century?
It’s great! Not prefect yet full of opportunity – far more opportunity than there was when I was younger. And while women seem to be losing ground in the political world they continue to strongly gain ground in the arts.