KJA: I eat vegan desserts so I say will say Steve's Blackberry Honey (non-dairy) frozen dessert.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
KJA: Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. I rented a moto (motor bike) and rode around the island and up into the mountains without a care in this world. THAT was living!
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
KJA: Beloved directed by Jonathan Demme. "Where you been all these years, Paul D. Ain't you got no people?" - Beloved
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
KJA: Angela Davis.
KLC: The United States electoral process is ___________________.
KJA: an embarrassment.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
KJA: Oh, you don't even want to know.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
KJA: An above-ground Express train from 125th Street to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, with no stops between.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
KJA: Government regulation on Wall Street
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
KJA: Neil deGrasse Tyson
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
KJA: From the age of 8 to 13 I wanted to grow up and be a weatherman. My mom ordered a climatology kit and everything. It's one of the reasons I studied broadcast journalism the first few years of undergrad. I wanted to be Al
Keith Josef Adkins is a playwright, screenwriter and artistic director. His plays include PITBULLS (Fall 2014 Rattlestick Theater), SAFE HOUSE (Winter 2015 Repetory Theater of St. Louis, Fall 2014 Cincinnati Playhouse), THE LAST SAINT ON SUGAR HILL (Fall 2013 National Black Theatre), SUGAR AND NEEDLES, THE FINAL DAZE, THE PEOPLE BEFORE THE PARK, among others. He was recently commissioned by Book Wings South Africa to write a play to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Keith is artistic director of The New Black Fest which Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilge and HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments.
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