DG: Sea salt caramel. (Am I allowed to name a brand?!)
KLC: Of course.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
DG: I love islands. And I’m falling in love with the one I’m on now-it’s the Baranoff Island in Alaska. I’m here on a writing residency. The sky is often violet, there’s constant moving mist on the mountains (now snow covered) and seals that come up to stare at you off the coast. This has been the home of Tlingit people for thousands of years. It’s been such a privilege for me to be a guest here on this land.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
DG: From Back to the Future “Oh my god... they found me. I don't know how, but they found me. RUN FOR IT MARTY!”
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
DG: Angela Davis.
KLC: The United States electoral process is ______________________________
DG: bewildering and on occasion undemocratic.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
DG: When we had just arrived in India from the UK, I was six. I was at a new school and in a rapid bid to fit in, I told everyone I could read palms. By lunch a long line had developed outside my classroom-and some of these kids were old and tall. I loved it. And even had the dim feeling that I was providing some kind of rare and excellent public service. When my mother was called in to take me home she had to get through a throng of kids with their palms outstretched.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
Fear Dissolution Device.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
(Sustained) government regulation on Wall Street.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
No one’s ever asked me if I believe in predestination. I don’t. But I like astrology.
Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in tea drinking countries all over the world. Her plays include I ENTER the VALLEY (Weissberger nom ’14), THE BETROTHED (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Chester Theatre), THE RULES (Superlab Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons) and BLOWN YOUTH (New Georges/Barnard commission). Her work has been developed by Old Vic New Voices in London, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, WordBRIDGE, Cutting Ball Theatre, the Playwrights Foundation, the Flea, INTAR, the Culture Project, One Coast Collaboration and the Tobacco Factory (UK) amongst others. Residencies include SPACE at Ryder Farm, Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Rasmuson Foundation. She’s the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, a former Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova Playgroup & the Young Writers Program at the Royal Court Theatre, London. She’s a proud member of Ma Yi, the Claque writers group, an affiliated artist with New Georges, the Soho Rep Lab W/D Lab. BA: Canonical Travails or Eng Lit (UCL) MFA Playwriting (Yale) under Paula Vogel.