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Kanjy Blog Interview: 20 Days With 20 Playwrights: Rogelio Martinez, Day #1

Kanjy Blog Interview: 20 Days With 20 Playwrights: Rogelio Martinez, Day #1

This interview series, highlighting some of Kanjy’s first members, is originally published on July 29, 2013 at Kanjy.

avatar_IMG_0326-2 Rogelio Martinez:

Home Town:  Cuba
Current Town:  Long Island
Highlighted Script:  When Tang Met Laika
Three Words that Describe it:

    Magical
    Impossible
    Compassionate

#1 How did you find your way to writing plays?

In the summer of 1988 I went with my mother to see Madonna star in Mamet’s SPEED-THE-PLOW. I had less interest in the play than I did in Madonna; however, listening to Mamet’s electrifying way with words, his ability to move forward at lightning speed, and his instinct for laughs left me dazzled. I went in interested in a pop star and left knowing theater was what I wanted to do with my life.

#2 Who (playwrights, family members, etc) would you say has most influenced you?

Tom Stoppard for his ability to make magic out of history, Caryl Churchill for her ability to reinvent the form each time she writes a new play, and Eduardo Machado who taught me almost everything I know. I’ve never had writer’s block thanks to Eduardo.

 #3 What do you like to write about? ...Read the full interview HERE.