The 13th reading in our FORUM "Soundings" series is THE WEDDING GIFT by Chisa Hutchinson. This reading will be begin at 7:00pm on January 25, 2015 and will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dreyfuss Theatre, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Click here for directions. Click here for a printable map of the campus (the Dreyfuss Theatre is located in Building 9).
In a Far Off Place that might be Earth, Doug finds himself playing a very unique role at the wedding of Nahlis and Beshrum, two “people” he has never met, and who do not speak his language. All he wants to do is go home, but given the circumstances, that may not be possible.
Chisa Hutchinson (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU - Tisch School of the Arts) has happily presented her plays DIRT RICH, SHE LIKE GIRLS,THIS IS NOT THE PLAY, SEX ON SUNDAY, TUNDE’S TRUMPET, THE SUBJECT, MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, ALONDRA WAS HERE and DEAD & BREATHING at such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Working Man’s Clothes Productions, the BE Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Mad Dog Theater Company, the Wild Project, Rattlestick Theater, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the South Orange Performing Arts Center and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. She has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a New York NeoFuturist and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group, and is currently a second-year member of New Dramatists. Chisa has won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. A recent foray into screenwriting won her Best Narrative Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival. By day, Chisa writes copy for a retail company. To learn more, visit www.chisahutchinson.com
1) What was the inspiration for THE WEDDING GIFT?
I was in my house, already in a terrific mood because my grandparents were visiting me from Evansville, IN. (I frickin' love my grandparents.) And my phone rings and it's an unfamiliar number and I'm like, "Aw shit, what bill haven't I paid?" And I almost didn't pick up because whatever, my grandparents are here and it's Christmas time and who the hell wants to be dealing with bill collectors at Christmas time, right? But I did pick up. And I'm so glad I did. And the first thought that went though my head was, "For real? But I was just an alternate!" Because I was put forth as an alternate nominee by Emily Morse at New Dramatists after having my name pulled second from a hat for the nomination lottery. I had no idea I was nominated by like 4 other people, apparently. No idea.
The biggest similarity: they're both HARD AS HELL. Every time. No matter how many times you do it. Biggest difference: for a play, you can have two people just sitting around talking to each other in a living room for 90 minutes and call it interesting. Not so much for screenplays. You better get those fools out of that damn living room and have something explode. Or at least a car chase.
Dude. I got the job through Craigslist. Never underestimate Craigslist. Craigslist has paid many a bill. And HA! Yes. Seinfeld J. Peterman moments. I actually post some on Facebook as a series called "Today's Bad Copy." I just posted one right before answering these questions: "Today's Bad Copy: 'Sure, the whole point of it changing color is to let you know when it's hot enough to cook in and all, but come on. That's just f*cking cool."-- the Color-Changing Ceramic Pan"
5) What is the most unique wedding gift you’ve ever given?
I usually just stick to the registry. It's just practical. But one time, I was so broke because I just spent over 800 precious, inter-gig dollars on a bridesmaid dress, bridal shower gift, travel, hotel etc. and had literally $48 left in my account before I did my Craigslist voodoo and got my J. Peterman job, but my bestie from college was getting married so what else could I do, right? So I humbly framed the poem that she asked me to read at the ceremony. Simple. Unique. Affordable on a $48 budget.
♦ A $25 dollar donation will get you a FORUM pass that covers all of the readings.
♦ A $250 donation will get you a rehearsal pass that allows access to all reading rehearsals.
♦ Reservations can be made online at or call (973) 514-1787 X10
Click here to reserve your seat to see THE WEDDING GIFT.
You can also find additional information on our website about the entire FORUM reading series.