CS: Believe it or not I really didn’t like ice cream until about two years ago when I got to experience the magic of Van Leeuwen and now Ample Hills!! There was this honeycomb flavor I had at Ample this summer that blew my mind! It was like eating crack.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
CS: Oh! So hard. My husband, writer Fred Van Lente and I have been traveling a lot - he’s often a guest artist at comic book conventions. Each place has stolen my heart. But we were recently in Mexico City for the awesome La Mole Comic Con. The trip is filled with so many incredible memories- through terrified I climbed the Temple of the Sun, saw incredible works of art, and met so many incredible comic book artists ... and we were a part of the awakening of what happened to the 43 students. It’s such a terrible thing, but really connected us to what was going on in a significant way that I’m very much still thinking through how to use for change, and in my writing.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
CS: Jaws. When Roy Scheider is smoking and shouts up at Quint: “Why don’t you come down here and chum some of this shit?!” This pops into my head when a workout escalates in a workout class, or I’m talking with folks that seem to have no idea how much it takes to write a script.
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
CS: Angela Davis.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
CS: ... LOADS OF FUN! Wait ....
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
CS: When I was in art school at Parsons, for some bizarre reason I was really into this singer/guitarist who played at SideWalk cafe in the lower east side. I dressed up in a weird pink dress, that I guess I thought was cool .... and brought him a flower. Wrapped around the flower I wrote a note and drew a little picture of me. For some bizarre reason I thought that would be effective ... until I met my hubby Fred, the brother of my best friend Gretchen, I really thought love for me was pretty hopeless actually! Luckily I met Fred!
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
CS: An ipod that is inserted into your body so you can play playlists in your head just by thinking. I get pissed when my headphones come out of my music. I hate it when reality comes crashing in.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
CS: Government regulation.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
CS: I can actually draw pretty well! I love to doodle!
CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is an award winning Brooklyn based playwright and screenwriter. Her three recent plays, KING KIRBY, co-written with Fred Van Lente, GEEK! and CUT, have earned Critics Picks from the New York Times. ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE, her drama about a family of punk rock singers set in Seattle, will debut in Spring 2015 with InFusion Theatre Company and she is happily at work on her new play RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD. Her web series DRUNK ART LOVE debuted this fall. Crystal is represented by Amy Wagner and Ron Gwiazda at Abrams Artists Agency in NY, and James Beresford with Shepard Management in the UK. More about her, and her plays, at Sam French here: http://www.samuelfrench.com/author/281/crystal-skillman
For some fun viewing/listening!
You can hear KING KIRBY here! Episode 023: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-023-king-kirby/id911887769?i=328067561&mt=2
You can watch DRUNK ART LOVE here! http://vimeo.com/ftvc/videos