GG: My favorite ice cream flavor is the mango ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street. I like to get two scoops and then wander a couple blocks to Columbus Park and watch the people play and sing traditional Chinese opera.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
GG: I'd have to say London. There are lots of places that have culture, history, diversity, nightlife and great dining. But, I don't know what it is about London that makes the mix so perfect for me. Can't explain why I feel it's the coolest, it's just the place I would move to if I had to live in only one place for the rest of my life.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
GG: Goodfellas. "Who the hell do you think you are? Frankie Valli or some kind of big shot?"
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
GG: I guess I'd take Eleanor Roosevelt. Wait, is this who we would have dinner with? Because I'd have dinner with Eleanor Roosevelt, ask her what it was like to be at the center of some of the most profound changes in American society and then ask her what was up with her anti-Semitism.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
GG: The actual electoral process is in need of reform. There needs to be a federal nonpartisan commission apportioning all congressional districts to eliminate gerrymandering. The FEC should ensure that the actual voting machines used are consistent nationwide and that votes cannot be changed. Right now voting machines are manufactured by private companies who actually contribute to specific political candidates. This practice must be stopped. It certainly contains at least the appearance of impropriety.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
GG: I had a play produced that had trouble getting audiences. I sent an e-mail to the membership of the theater offering to literally punch myself in the face if people told me they didn't like the play.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
GG: If there were a device that could donate money to the needy in return for not having to wait on a line, that would be the greatest device ever for impatient people like me. Every impatient person on Earth could wipe out global poverty in a day just because they wanted to cut the line at the bagel place.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
GG: Well, there IS government regulation of Wall Street just not nearly to a level that is anywhere effective. So I'd say Bigfoot. We're not looking for elves. But we've been looking for Bigfoot for decades and haven't found a shred of credible evidence that he exists. If we can find the Higgs boson particle, you'd think Bigfoot would have turned up by now.
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??
GG: I once won a third place medal for my 4x400 relay team in high school track. There were, and I'm not joking, only three teams running in the race.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
GG: I hate the way I look physically. Like, really hate it. I hate my almost gone hair and my stupid teeth. My dorky ears. I'm not comfortable with myself physically at all and maybe everyone feels this way, even Kate Upton and Idris Elba. But I wish I looked very different. Taller. Better contoured. New teeth. I wish I could inhabit an attractive person's body for a day just to see what that feels like.
Gary Giovanetti's plays have been seen throughout the U.S., in China and in Australia. His plays Tarragona and The Tale Of Saint Jude And The Donut Queen have been published. American Thighs and The Canonization Of Bill Buckner were named Semi-Finalists at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. His one-act play Palate Cleanser will be seen this spring at the WorkShop Theater in New York. He is a proud member of the WorkShop Theater, the Dramatists Guild, Blue Roses Productions and Wright On! He lives in Forest Hills, Queens with his beautiful wife and an imaginary capybara named Vincenzo.