AK: A frozen concoction of my grandmother’s she called “Adam’s Sherbet.” It included vast amounts of cool whip, canned pineapples and pineapple juice, bananas, walnuts, marshmallows and red food coloring. She’d only make it when I visited. Before serving it to other family members, she’d ask me, “Is it alright if Grandad has some of your sherbet?” Of course, I always said yes, but – spoiled as I was by her – the fact that it was “my” sherbet enhanced its sugar-high deliciosity.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
AK: Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Ancient temples surrounded by jungle, with trees and roots growing in and through them. The feeling that you were the first person to re-discover the place in hundreds of years. And the expectation that you were about to discover a long lost secret that would make new sense of everything.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
AK: Cool Hand Luke. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." As president of my Junior High Student Council, I stole this line in an attempt to impress the president of the High School Student Council. He laughed at my ham-handed, second-hand attempt to be cool, and no further communication took place.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
AK: Theatre of the Absurd in a conventional five-act structure. Messy, sometimes hilarious, tragically ineffectual as democracy, yet it manages to tell a story about the country’s anxieties and dreams.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
AK: In Junior High School, I created a guerilla theatre “happening” in which my collaborators and I went to the local bowling alley and handed out mismatched socks. We got attention but failed to make memorable theatre.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
AK: A dishwasher that is also capable of doing laundry.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
AK: Elves who invest prudently.
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
AK: Definitely Anton Chekhov.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
AK: My wife, Karen Christino, is a professional astrologer. She’s had several books on the subject published, including the definitive biography of Evangeline Adams, who was a leader in popularizing astrology in this country.
Adam Kraar’s plays include WILD TERRAIN (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays), EMPIRE OF THE TREES(NY Innovative Theatre Awards nominee, Outstanding New Script), NEW WORLD RHAPSODY (Manhattan Theatre Club commission), THE SPIRIT HOUSE(premiered at Performance Network) and FREEDOM HIGH (Queens Theatre in the Park).
His work has been produced and/or developed by Primary Stages, N.Y. Stage & Film, Public Theatre, The New Group and many others. His plays appear in five BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthologies and his awards include the Bogliasco Fellowship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference Fellowship, Inge Center Residency and Manhattan Theatre Club Fellowship. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre; Core Alumnus, The Playwrights’ Center.
Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S. He earned an M.F.A. at Columbia University, teaches playwriting at the University of Rochester, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen. www.adamkraar.com
FIVE BOROUGHS/ONE CITY
Working Theatre Commission
DREAM OF A DEER AT DUSK: a lyrical drama focusing on an idealistic 15-year-old girl trying to rescue a 27-year-old autistic man from the persecution of their small town.
Workshopped at N.Y. Theatre Workshop. Finalist, National Playwrights Conference.
Winner, Kernodle Award from Theatre Squared.
FREEDOM HIGH: A play inspired by the 1964 Freedom Summer of the Civil Rights Movement. Production at Uprooted Theatre, Milwaukee.