KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
BP: Timbuktu. Mostly because I wasn't entirely sure it was a real place before I went. Also because it's undergone so much upheaval since I was there. That's not cool, of course, but it is a reminder that events that seem far away and scary are closer than I think. And still scary.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
BP: "It's a Wonderful Life." Clarence: She's about the close down the library!
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
BP: Eleanor Roosevelt, because meeting her would mean crossing into the supernatural.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
BP: In dire need of some sort of centralized oversight to ensure fairness, equal access, standardization, campaign finance reform, and all sorts of other things I fear won't happen.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
BP: Pretended to be a small business owner seeking a loan.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
BP: A self-cleaning house.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
BP: Hmm. I know reasonable-seeming people who believe there could be regulation on Wall Street (one is a senator from my home state!), and I know people who believe in yetis, which are sort of like bigfoot, but I don't know anyone who believes in elves. So elves.
KLC: Wild card question! Have you ever won a medal, trophy, ribbon, etc. at something that had absolutely nothing to do with writing? What was it??
BP: When I was three, I won a pie eating contest. The prize was for speed, not volume.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
BP: I'm good at cooking on a budget.
Brendan Pelsue is a playwright from Newburyport, MA. His work has been produced or developed by the Corkscrew Theater Company, the Telephonic Literary Union, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and at the Yale School of Drama, where he is studying for an MFA in playwriting. He recently wrote the libretto for Hagoromo, a dance-opera that will premiere at BAM in November 2015. Other upcoming events include the release of The Yankee City Series, an improvised audio drama he conceives, performs, and produces with his longtime collaborator Natasha Haverty.