CVS: Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby. It’s what the angels eat.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
CVS: Egypt. (More arid than cool, actually, but…) Riding on camelback to Giza, seeing the Great Pyramid up-close, was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever had the privilege of doing.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
“How did you know I have dry leprosy? That it isn't contagious?” “I didn't.”
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
CVS: Angela Davis.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
CVS: salvageable—but only if we get money out of politics. wolf-pac.com.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
CVS: This, wretchedly, is true:
In 6th grade or thereabouts, I was bullied by this kid Adam. After a few months of this, I told him to meet me at a local park and fight it out. I wasn’t planning to actually deck him, ‘cause I had a brilliant scheme inspired by the 1983 Dan Aykroyd vehicle Doctor Detroit: I was gonna pretend to be someone else—an enforcer called “Bad.” I put on a ski mask, and stuffed grass into it to make it look like green hair. “Bad” was gonna appear from behind a tree and intimidate Adam into leaving “Chris” alone.
Thank god—THANK GOD—Adam never showed up.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
CVS: Something to improve access to safe drinking water/sanitation.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
CVS: The financially-crusading cryptozoologist in me says elves.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
CVS: I am 65% water.
Chris Van Strander is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and performer, whose work’s been produced and developed internationally at over two dozen theaters and festivals. His screenplay 25 won the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Award, and he received a Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Grant for his play Retrospective. Chris is published by Indie Theater Now and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. He’s been a Finalist/Semifinalist for The O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, Page 73 Productions’ Playwriting Fellowship, The Playwrights’ Center’s PlayLabs, Ensemble Studio Theatre One Act Marathon, and an EST/Sloan Project Commission, among others. NYU. chrisvanstrander.com.