KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
VG: I’ve travelled to a lot of cool places including Rwanda, Uganda, Amsterdam, London, Hawaii (where I danced with my high school dance team), most of Mexico, the US southwest (I mean the rest of Mexico) to name just a few but I have to say the coolest place I’ve ever travelled is Chiapas, Mexico. I was there for the Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism (in the Zapatista communities of Oventic and La Realidad). Being with these autonomous communities in resistance changed my life – I want to learn how to value the Word with that much dignity and to live, dance, laugh, dream that big.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
VG: Nacho Libre. “Get that corn outta my face!”
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
VG: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Only because I’ve met Angela Davis.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
VG: just wack. I don’t believe in this current two party system nor do I believe that it serves (or even cares about) my needs or the needs of my community.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
VG: I once had a crush on someone and went swimming with them every morning at 6am for a month before I finally admitted that I am not a morning person and I just wanted to spend time with them.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
VG: If I could patent a brand new product…huh…I’m not good at science…let’s see…um…um….uh…pistachio ice cream. Wait. What’s the question?
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
VG: Government regulation on Wall Street. I believe in bigfoot, elves and angels.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
VG: Nobody ever asks about what you fear. What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is going crazy. This is true. Unfortunately I have watched too many of our elders, artists and organizers, go crazy. I hope that I figure out how to navigate and to continue to find joy in this world (as crazy as it is) with out going crazy myself.
From panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa – Virginia Grise writes plays that are set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops, and lesbian bedrooms. A recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing and the Yale Drama Series Award, her published work includes blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues (University of Texas Press), and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY- where she still writes plays about Tejas. www.virginiagrise.com