Friday, December 14, 2012

5 Questions with R.N. Sandberg

The 4th reading in our FORUM "Soundings" series is ROUNDELAY by R.N. Sandberg. This reading will begin at 7pm on December 17, 2012, 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).

A wild, multi-character, globe-hopping tale of love in all of its complexity. From the Bronx to India to the Kenyan coast, playwright R.N. Sandberg spins a rich, funny, and deeply moving tapestry that explores what it means to pursue, run away, and finally surrender to the siren song of love and desire.

R.N. Sandberg's  plays have been seen in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Panama, South Korea and throughout the U.S. He’s been commissioned by, among others, McCarter, Seattle Rep and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Current work includes IRL for George Street Playhouse, What Can’t Be Seen, recently read in San Francisco, and Judgment of Bett, at Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices. His plays are published by Playscripts and Dramatic Publishing. He teaches playwriting, acting and dramatic literature at Princeton University. Roundelay will have its premiere at Passage Theatre in March.

1. What inspired your to write ROUNDELAY?
A convergence of two things: desires to explore what connection was in the age of electronic communication and to create a play that reached out into the world

2. You teach playwriting, acting and dramatic literature at Princeton University. What is the one thing you hope your students gain from your classes?
Open, flexible minds: the ability to see and make a wide variety of choices in their writing, acting and analyses. My hope is that this leads to them becoming more open people

3. Your play hops all over the world from the Bronx to India to the Kenyan coast. Are these all places you have visited? Why did you choose these specific locations?

I chose the specific places where English was spoken but the cultures might seem very different from the ones we typically see on stage. I've only been to one of the places in the play. It may not be the one you think.

4.Given the choice between cheesecake and cheesesteak, which do you choose?
Both. I believe in well rounded meals.

5. What is your favorite book and why?
That's like asking what's my favorite food. There are too many wondrous, delicious things in the world to spend time narrowing them down to one. Experience as many different books, food and ideas as possible.

♦ Playwrights Theatre will present these readings free of charge, with an optional donation of $10

♦ 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 ROUNDELAY.

You can also find additional information on our website about the entire FORUM reading series.

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