SBW: My first job was Baskin Robbins at 14 years old. I used to sneak Peanut Butter and Chocolate home at night. Until someone got caught doing it and was fired. I got caught doing it and was fired. At that moment, I knew I was blackballed from any reputable profession -- so I went into the arts. All of that is a lie.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
SBW: I really loved New Zealand. Awesome people and a beautiful landscape. It's like Ohio except with awesome people and a beautiful landscape.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
SBW: Roadhouse. "Dawson fights like a professional, lives like a loner, and loves like there's no tomorrow."
We should all be so lucky, Kara.
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
SBW: Eleanor Roosevelt. Can you imagine how hard it'd be to live with The Great Communicator? You'd never win a fight. No matter how hard you tried. (Ok, just googled The Great Communicator. Apparently it was Regean? Didn't he have alzheimer's? Was the nickname ironic? Because he didn't understand what people were saying to him? I'm confused.)
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
SBW: Better than Iran's. That should be our slogan to tourists. (Better than Iran! For the most part.)
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
SBW: Watch the entire first season of Dawson's Creek.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
SBW: I always thought it'd be great to have a breathalyzer on your phone. You blow into it to dial out, and if you're drunk it locks all of your exes numbers.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
SBW: There was a touch of regulation before Dodd Frank version 1. We actually have Clinton to thank for that one. There is this reality show called Chasing Bigfoot and I swear these guys have almost caught him a few times (usually during sweeps week; that's when Big Foot makes himself most present I guess.) Elves are just silly.
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
SBW: I want my emergency contact to be Liam Neeson's character in Taken. That dude is so calm and practical. His daughter gets kidnapped into the sex trade? He calmly tells her what to do. Then he calmly tells the kidnappers he's going to rescue his daughter and kill them all. And guess what? He does! Then his wife gets kidnapped by the relatives of the people he killed. He calmly tells his wife what to do and then he calmly tells the kidnappers that he is going to rescue his wife and kill them all. And guess what? He does! Then unfortunately his wife gets killed by the relatives of the relatives he killed the first time. He calmly tells his daughter to lay low because he's going to kill the relatives of the relatives he killed the first time who have just killed his wife. And guess what? (I actually haven't seen the third one yet so I don't know what happens next.)
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?SBW: Favorite Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Samuel Brett Williams is an award winning playwright and director. His plays have been developed/produced at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, Naked Angels, Partial Comfort, the Lark, the Kennedy Center, Yale University, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Boise Contemporary Theater, WordBRIDGE, Arkansas Rep, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, 59E59, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Joseph Beuys Theater in Moscow, Russia, and other theatres across the United States and Canada. Brett has received residencies/ commissions from P73, the National Theater Institute, the National New Play Network, and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. He is a past winner of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award (other winners include: Sarah Ruhl, Adam Rapp, and Annie Baker). For television, Brett has developed an original pilot (with Ryan O’Nan) for 26 Keys Productions, and he has worked on various shows for Hot Snakes Media. Brett’s original screenplay for the horror series SX_TAPE will be produced in 2015 and directed by the acclaimed Laurent Briet. Recently, Brett directed his play DERBY DAY at Elephant Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where it received rave reviews and was an LA Times Critics Pick. Currently, Brett is in preproduction for his feature film debut, THE REVIVAL (based on his play), which he will direct for Character Brigade Productions.