KC: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! (Whose isn't?)
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
KC: Ooooh, this is too hard! Well, certainly one of my most vividly memorable travels was to Liberia in 2004 as they were transitioning out of their brutal child-soldier civil war. I could write for pages here - bullet holes everywhere, no electricity or running water, but most striking was the amazing resilience of the people. That may sound corny but it's true. One of the highlights of my two weeks in the country was visiting a traditional village in the bush. I was so fortunate to be there when my host family returned from Monrovia for the first time since the official end of the twenty-year war (not completely over since very limited radio capabilities meant that a lot of soldiers in the bush thought that hostilities still were in place - but very close to peace!), being blessed to witness the reunion in the village of the father of my host family with his very elderly foster mother.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
KC: Babe. "I tried to make it with the hens. It didn't work."
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
KC: I can't! Too much wonderfulness! (Maybe Angela…)
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
KC: screwed until the day Republicans get a conscience, Democrats get a spine (and, in foreign affairs in particular, also a conscience), third (and fourth and fifth) parties are given a fair shake, and the Voting Rights Act is honored.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
KC: Hmm… Well I was telling someone about this recently so it's on my mind, but it's actually more like what I did to get something's attention. Warning: This story is sad!
I was at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key in Florida a few years ago. Beautiful place - right on the Gulf beach. At a certain time of the year, in the middle of several nights giant tortoises come on the beach on lay their eggs! (I've never seen them) then immediately return to the sea. Local retired women make up most of the volunteer force to protect the eggs from predators, the nests being laid by the mothers at the top beach line near the grass, presumably so the eggs aren't washed away come high tide. I was out with the volunteer ladies one morning when some of the eggs that had survived were hatching! But here's the next challenge: the newborns getting down to the water before a predator snatches their delicious selves. Only one baby that morning was able to make the trek, and I followed it to the seashore and into the waves! I was so happy! As I watched the tiny thing navigate the first wave, then the second, then the third - It looked like it would make it! - a seagull swooped down out of the sky, snatched the little creature up and flew off! So, in answer to the question about getting another's attention, I started screaming and throwing my body around wildly, hoping to scare the damn bird into dropping the infant. But the foul fowl paid me no attention. For all I know the newborn in my care was already down the bird's throat before it had flown five feet above sea level. The volunteer women were saddened (though they seemed touched by my insane and ridiculous efforts) but they were used to these tragedies, so their eyes were a lot drier than mine.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
KC: Cat in a Box! What's the best way to keep mice away? Cats! Specifically cat smell. But what if you're allergic to cats? Or just don't like cats? My product, a box of cat smell, would revolutionize extermination! Humanely! (Even if mice aren't human.) Because there would be no extermination, no killing, because the mice would smell the "cat" and never show up!
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
KC: Elves! We will take Wall Street down!!!!
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
KC: No one in an interview has ever asked me if whether, when I was seven, I happened to have been one of the four children honored with our picture in my small hometown paper, The Cumberland (Maryland) News, because as members of the public library summer reading club we all read fifty or more books. Attached is the proof. I'm second to the right and my eight-year-old sister Kim (not to be confused with my sister Kara whose blog this is) is next to me on the far right.
(Kara's note: this file is attached below so you have to open it to enjoy and you should!)
In 2014 Kia Corthron was awarded a Windham Campbell Prize, the USArtists Jane Addams Fellowship, and the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award. Plays produced by Playwrights Horizons, EST, NYTW, Atlantic, MTC (NYC); Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse (London); Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre, ATL/Humana, Taper, Alabama Shakespeare, Yale Rep, Huntington, NYS&F, Baltimore's Center Stage, Goodman, Hartford Stage, and elsewhere. Awards: Lee Reynolds, Bellagio Residency (Italy), Dora Maar (France), MacDowell, McKnight National Residency, Columbia/Goodman Fellowship, MacLean Foundation, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit, Fadiman, NEA, Kennedy Center Fund, New Professional Theatre, Callaway; in television Writers Guild and Edgar awards for The Wire. Dramatists Guild Council, New Dramatists alumnus.