JY: Peppermint, which is seasonal and even then it's difficult to find. I prefer it to have little bits of candy cane in it but that's not essential.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
JY: The most unusual place I've ever traveled is Korea, but my favorite is Italy. I just love it there so much. I haven't been there since my son was born and I miss it like an ache.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
JY: I can quote a lot of movies (my brain works that way). From Pulp Fiction - "I can feel your look."
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
JY: Angela Davis, largely because the Stones wrote such a great song about her, ("Sweet Black Angel"). If the Stones had written a song about Elenor Roosevelt I might have changed my vote.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
JY: endlessly infuriating. I can't decide what pisses me off the most - Gerrymandering? The electoral college? The entire idea of the Senate, in which a person from South Dakota's opinion is 20 times more important than mine just because they chose to live in that ridiculous state?
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
JY: I pretended to be a huge tennis fan so this girl would think we had something in common. That was a short, awkward conversation.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
JY: How about universal health insurance?
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
JY: I gotta go with elves. It's the ears thing. How is that supposed to happen?
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??
JY: I use to show great danes. I won a few ribbons and some cash to boot.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
JY: I wrote a letter to ABC asking them not to cancel the godawful show Pan Am. What can I say? It was my wife and I's guilty pleasure. We loved it!
John Yearley is the author of Leap (Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) and Ephemera (John Gassner Award, Summer Play Festival). His plays All in Little Pieces and A Low-Lying Fog are published by Samuel French. His most recent play, Another Girl, was read by Naked Angels and selected for the PlayPenn conference. His play for children, Fake Flowers Don’t Die, won the Macy’s New Play Prize for Young Audiences. Worked as a “script doctor” for New Line Cinema, and developed the animated series Mamu & Dinga. Author of the forthcoming book, Daddy’s Not Tall Enough to Touch the Moon. Member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, and twice a MacDowell Fellow.