JM: I don't have one because I really don't like ice cream. But I make up for this weirdness...my wife likes ice cream so much that she puts it in her coffee most mornings and I think that's rock star badass.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it? JM: Dublin. The people are lovelier than lilacs. First night at O'Neill's Pub and we meet a family with a relative's ashes on the bar table. Find out our people are both from County Roscommon and it begins...weeping, laughing, tales of bullshit and woe. One brother distracting me so the other could hit on my wife, the singing of John Denver's Country Road with the entire bar and all of us wearing each other's hats and telling stories of Roscommon, a place I've never been. I hope the ashes left the bar that night. I'll tell anyone the 60 minute version of this story over a pint.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
JM: The Godfather II "My offer is this, nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally."
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
JM: Eleanor. I think about The New Deal alot. I may need a hobby.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
JM: ok by me. I'm sure there is a better system but I like the contest being state by state as it reminds me of what a big country this is. And I've mostly lived in swing states which makes me think that my vote is really really important.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
JM: A mix tape that included songs from the The Ghost of Tom Joad, Back in Black, Follow the Leader and Straight Outta Compton...I'm married to that girl.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
JM: I spend a lot of time at the beach thinking about how to keep beer cold for up to 8-10 hours in often 95 degree heat. I think I want to patent a battery operated ice maker to re-stock a cooler.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
JM: I saw Sasquatch the movie as a boy and I believe. With a Mc last name, I have to believe in Leprechauns and aren't elves just their sober cousins? I have seen human greed and it cannot be regulated.
KLC: Wild card question! If you have a signature dish that no one makes better than you, tell us what is and tell us the secret ingredient. (Hint: you may lie.)
JM: I make Tabasco breaded cauliflower bites that will clear your sinuses, grow immediate hair on your chest and have you crying for Mommy. And then you will give it 30 seconds to recover and do it all over again.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
JM: I love creating fiction for a living, but I would have given anything to be a jockey. Something about being nine feet high on horses faster than a summer vacation....
James McManus (Playwright) is the author of eight plays: Love on San Pedro, Dry Bones, The Friendly Tavern, Dorothy 6, Bulldog Whiskey, Underground,Cherry Smoke and Blood Potato. His plays have been developed and performed at Cornerstone Theater Company, Labyrinth Theater Company, Working Theater, Apothecary Theatre Company, The Clockwork Theatre, Glass Umbrella Creative (Sydney), Revolt Theatre (Melbourne), Gurnet Theatre Project, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Barebones Productions, Irish Repertory Theatre, Son of Semele, The Side Project Theatre Company, The Lark Play Development Center, The Inkwell and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. James was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting for Cherry Smoke, which is published by Samuel French. He recently received the 2014 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and is a proud member of New Dramatists.