CK: I have several. This will be my longest answer. In the summers, I go for an Oreo frappe (Maine’s version of an extra thick milkshake). My first summer in Maine, I had maybe one a week for two months straight. And I was not ashamed. Like, I know which ice cream places do the best ones at this point, because I’ve been to them all. This summer I had maybe four frappes. Or six. So it’s a little better. Now that we’re transitioning into cooler weather up here, I go between Haagen Dazs Ginger Molasses Cookie when I’m feeling fancy and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk. As a matter of fact, I just killed what was left of a pint of NYSFC—when I’m on a deadline I like all the aggressive crunchiness of it. And a few times a year I go to this place called Shain’s and order a kiddie turtle sundae with whipped cream and walnuts on top. I like to eat it by myself in a big booth while high school kids cram around the other tables. Again, unashamed. Ice cream is like one of my things.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
CK: That would probably be Dublin. I went with my friend and fellow playwright Johnna Adams. We were coming down the home stretch of our MFA at Hunter. We were texting each other about quitting the program (as you do in grad school), when I got one of those Travelzoo emails and there was a trip to Dublin and so we just booked it that day. It’s what got us through that last semester. Once we were there, we had a blast. We did a lot of things together, and a few things apart—we traveled well together. We did a James Joyce walking tour, shopped, saw the monastery at Glendalough, went out to Kilkenny, looked at a big ancient rock in a field with a bunch of other tourists, saw the Book of Kells, went to the Dublin Writers’ Museum. I remember I came down with bronchitis the last few days, which lingered for several weeks, so that kind of blew chunks. But I think that happens to everyone after grad school, though, because you’ve been running on empty for so long and your body finally revolts.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
CK: Blood Simple: “I ain’t done nothing funny.”
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
CK: Angela Davis
KLC: The United States electoral process is _____________________.
CK: like an old cast-iron stove. It works but there are other options now.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
CK: I'm usually trying to blend in. Online l do things to get attention for my work, but I think they’re pretty normal things. When I was in high school, I liked a boy who worked at Orange Julius, so my friend and I would walk by over and over, hoping he’d be between customers and we could talk. Nothing ever came of it.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
CK: An app that automatically converts every site you visit into a consistent design experience with customizable fonts, colors, shapes, and functionality.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
CK: I could see Bigfoot on Wall Street, and even possibly government regulation on Wall Street, but I don’t know that there will ever be elves on Wall Street. I could be wrong, though. I’ve been wrong about elves before.
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
CK: Idris Elba.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
CK: What would you do on a dude ranch in Montana? Have an awesome time, make a fool of myself, alienate some horses.
Callie Kimball’s plays have been produced at Halcyon Theatre, Team Awesome Robot, Mad Horse Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Absolute Theatre, The Brick Theater, and several Fringe Festivals. At the Lark Play Development Center, she’s had several Roundtables and workshops, and was chosen for Playwrights’ Week 2013. She’s received a MacDowell Fellowship, a Ludwig Vogelstein grant, a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship, and the Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award. She was on the Kilroys’ Nominee List two years in a row, was a finalist for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Award, and a semifinalist at the O’Neill. She currently teaches playwriting at the Maine College of Art. She earned her MFA at Hunter College, under Tina Howe.