MS: Pistachio and strawberry, double scoop.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
MS: I have to say -- Barcelona. It’s such a perfect blend of incredible architecture, beautiful climate, and delicious food! It’s almost like a natural phenomenon, not a city built by men… Speaking of architecture, La Sagrada Familia (designed by Gaudi) is my favorite building in the world! It’s unlike any other cathedral I’ve seen -- so schizophrenic and beautiful, it would make God feel trite. I think it’s considered Roman Catholic, but it’s really a cathedral in search of a religion… No wonder it’s still unfinished.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
MS: Can it be a visual quote?
KLC: Of course.
MS: It’s that scene from “A Phantom of Liberty” by Luis Bunuel (another Spaniard!) where the guests are sitting around the table on toilets, taking a dump in public… And when a little girl complains that she’s hungry, her mother shushes her, embarrassed of her daughter’s bad manners.
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
MS: Hmm. Angela Davis… When I was in high school, I was nicknamed “Angela David” – because of my jewfro hair. So I've felt some affinity with her since my teenage years... And I still feel it -- with her politics if not with her hair.
Plus, she is the least grandmotherly looking of the three…
KLC: The United States electoral process is ___________________.
MS: circumscribed by binary mentality, either - or, either Democrats or Republicans… There has to be another option! It’s a logical fallacy made into a political principle.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
MS: Hmm. When I was sixteen, I almost starved myself to death. I’m not sure whose attention I was trying to get… maybe God’s… although I didn’t believe in God. I was about to graduate from high school, and I was an A student, and my parents imagined me as a future scientist (or an engineer, like my father), and I imagined myself as… well, nothing of a kind. I guess I was hoping God would intervene and show me the way... And it, worked…sort of. That’s why I ended up becoming an artist.
Of course it’s possible that I was trying to get my parents’ attention… but this is a boring explanation. I’ll stick with the first one.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
MS: A universal translating device implanted in your ear. It would capture foreign words spoken in any language and translate them into electronic impulses that go straight to your brain… No tedious literal translation a’la Google!
Or, autocorrect that would correct autocorrect…
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
MS: I’m afraid the latter. Unless Bigfoot takes over the government and appoints elves to oversee the banks… It would take some serious magic!
KLC: Wild card questions (she answered all three)! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
MS: I could never understand what emergency contacts are for. The way I imagine it, if one day I don’t wake up from anesthesia, or get hit by a car, or have a heart attack – the emergency contact would be the first to know… and would be called to pick up my remains … or pull the plug (if there’s the plug to pull). So, if that’s the case, I’ll name Buddha as my emergency contact… to improve my chances at reincarnation!
KLC: 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.)
MS: Oven roasted salmon… It’s true. The secret ingredient is my tears… That’s a lie.
KLC: Have you ever won a medal, trophy, ribbon, etc. at something that had absolutely nothing to do with writing? What was it??
MS: Nope. I’ve never won any medal or a trophy or even a ribbon… I won some awards (for writing and such), but even those came without a tangible trophy -- something I can put on a shelf or hang on a wall… I guess I’m still waiting to get a real, heavy, trophy. The heavier the better…
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
MS: I have a twin sister who doesn’t look like me at all… and I wish she did!
Russian born playwright/filmmaker, Marina studied film and theatre at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Her plays, including King of Rats (premiered at New Georges), Christina (premiered at Soho Rep), Eden (premiered at Chashama), and Time and the Beast (premiered at English Theatre of Berlin), have been performed nationally and internationally. A collection of her plays is published on Indie Theatre Now: https://www.indietheaternow.com/Playwright/marina-shron.
Marina received awards and fellowships for her work from Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, James Thurber Foundation and Fulbright Foundation. She was also a Fellow at Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and an artist-in-residence at MacDowell and Yaddo among other artist retreats.
Marina’s short films have been featured at film festivals around the world and won numerous accolades including Best Short Film in Hamptons and Toronto. Her first feature film as a writer, Buddha’s Little Finger (Rohfilm,Germany – Telefilm, Canada, 2015), is scheduled for release in 2015.
She is currently working on her first feature film as a writer/director, X-Tina (Rising Star in Screenwriting Award, Canada International Film Festival).