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Get to Know Playwright F.J. Hartland

F.J. Hartland is the author of the upcoming one-act play Funeral in the Rain, coming soon from Pinwheel Plays!

Playwright F.J. Hartland
TEN QUESTIONS

1. Tell us about your play: Funeral in the Rain is the story of one woman's life.  Two actors play the eleven individuals who have gathered at her graveside.  Each one of them had their lives touched by her and have a story to tell.

2. Who is your favorite character from your play and why? I don't really have favorite characters.  I try to give every character I write depth and dimension.  As an actor myself, I create characters actors want to play.

3. What is your favorite scene/moment in the play and why?  I am always moved in the final moment when the rain stops and the sun appears.

Funeral in the Rain
will be available soon.
4. Give us an interesting fun fact about your play: It was named the "Best Play" in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.

5. Tell us a bit about yourself: I am an professional actor (member of Actors Equity Association for over 25 years) as well as an experienced director.  I think both of those details make me a better playwright!

6. What’s next? What can we expect from you in the future?  I always try to challenge myself with each script, either to write a kind of character I haven't written before or tackle a different genre.

7. What play are you reading now?  God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza...and I am also directing it!

8. Do you see writing as a career?  I think only a handful of playwrights actually make a living writing plays.

9. What is the hardest part of your writing process?  I can't begin writing until I have thought about the play for a long time.  The phrase I use is, "it needs to simmer on the back burner."  If I haven't let the idea "simmer" long enough, the words just don't come to me!

Playwrights George S. Kaufman and
Moss Hart.
10. What playwright has inspired you the most?  I started writing because I read Moss Hart's Act One.  So Kaufman and Hart were my first major influence.  Later in my writing, I was inspired by Lanford Wilson, especially his trilogy about the Talley Family.  For many years Fifth of July was my favorite play.

THIS OR THAT?

Sing or Dance? 
I don't do either well...

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla

Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?  
I'll eat potatoes any way you prepare them!

Comedy or Drama?  
Depends on my mood.

Go Out or Stay In?
Stay in.

Fantasy or Reality?
Reality.

Call or Text?  
Neither.

Summer or Winter? 
Definitely summer.

Coffee or Tea?  
Tea.  I hate coffee.  I don't even like the aroma of it!

eBook or Paperback?  
I just received a Kindle as a gift, but I am still getting used to it.

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