An Interview with Ed Malin

Indie Theater Now asked Ed Malin a few questions about his play The Troubadour Struck By Lightning.

Who were the key figures who made this production happen—could be other artists, people who inspired the story, producers/producing company, etc.

Several theaters helped this play grow through readings and workshops: Manhattan Theatre Source, The Home Of, and Dixon Place. I have previously worked with directors DeLisa White and Bricken Sparacino, and now Janet Bentley and Andy Cohen are really bringing out the musical elements of the Troubadours.

Why is this a play, as opposed to a film or a web series or a novel (or anything else)? And what is it about live theater that attracts you most, that keeps you revved and jazzed to work in this form?

We are documenting the existence of non-heteronormative relationships in Medieval Spain and France. The empowerment that comes from watching a live theater show on this subject (to show that the "other" is us) has been quite touching. Also, we have created some music that will make this an enjoyable live show.

Who taught you how to be a playwright? This could be specific teachers, or role models whose work you’ve seen or read, or of course any combination.

I grew up on British television and radio dramas. Tom Stoppard and Monty Python and others have shown me that history can be presented in an interactive and funny way. In New York, I have benefited from Gary Garrison, David Ives, Maria Irene Fornes, Erik Ehn, Mac Wellman and Pataphysics workshops at The Flea.

What have you learned about this play as it has evolved from first draft to the present version? And what has surprised you in this current production-what did you discover in the work that you didn’t realize was there?

There has been a delightful evolution of flirtatious action and movement. As this election year unfolds, I am grateful to be producing a play that uncovers historical xenophobia and documents co-existence.

Without giving away any important surprises—what moment or moments do you most look forward to when you see this play being performed?

I am a fan of the sausage party. This is suggested by our show icon and all I can say about it is that we hope to recap the history of Medieval heresy and religious freedom in one silly scene.

posted July 19, 2016