DC: So, I'm not much of an ice cream person, but any tropical or citrus flavor of sorbet, gelato, or sherbet could potentially be my Kryptonite.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
DC: London, UK. I won't discuss how going to London made me decide to pursue playwriting professionally (since we're not talking about writing here)... but there is so much rich cultural, historic, and artistic life to take advantage of there. Recently, I reread my journal from the period I interned in London and it amazes how much the city challenged me, roughed me up, flipped me around, and gave me new ways to view people, art, history, and myself.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
THE WIZARD OF OZ - "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I shouldn't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with."
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
DC: Angela Davis (see attached photo of my mother from her college days for context) *It's at the bottom of the page.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
DC: Learn how to take a selfie. The preening, posing, and angling is pretty ridiculous when you think about it.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
DC: A contraption that gives you soft-focus lighting, wind effects, and a bangin' soundtrack as you walk through your everyday life as if you were the hero/heroine of your own actual movie. Cumbersome yes, but I think that'd be a great occasional pick-me-up when you feel like you're constantly an extra in someone else's show.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
DC: Bigfoot and his elven concubines will breed and create a mutant super race that discovers a new periodic element that makes time travel possible before there is government regulation of Wall Street.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
DC: I have never been asked what my favorite baked good is. I'm glad I have never been asked - this question is impossible to answer. This past week I had bacon, cheddar, and scallion scones, sweet potato pie, chocolate donuts, apple turnovers, and a chocolate muffin. All delightful - all favorites. OH! Please, if someone is reading this and you take pity on a poor Midwestern playwright, send me a slice of Devil's Food Cake from Amy's Bread in NYC. Do it for the art.
Darren Canady’s work has been seen at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Fremont Centre Theatre, Congo Square Theatre, the BE Company, American Blues Theater and Kansas City’s own Barn Theater. Darren is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, and the Juilliard School. He is a former member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New Writers Group, the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange, and the America-In-Play theatre collective. He currently teaches playwriting at the University of Kansas.