The 35th Bay Area Playwrights Festival will feature six amazing plays from the unthinkably funny to the unbelievably real. Samsara by Lauren Yee, a Bay Area native, is both. Samsara is a hilarious and
heart-wrenching four-hander that collapses 25 years, two continents and one
Zygote, who finally has his day in court. I recently sat down with Lauren to ask her about her new play for the BAPF.
My play Tea Party
is a pretty straight-forward story of insurrection, civil unrest, sectarian
violence, divided government, and foreign interference – which just happens to
be set in Colorado. I like plays that
ask questions more than plays that provide answers (I guess I feel that if
you’re that confident about answers, you ought to be doing something other than
writing a play), and so the work I’ll be doing is aimed at making the questions
in the play seem grounded and necessary, and as inevitable as possible.
Of the seven plays on the festival, one of them had longest
title of a play I’ve ever seen or heard of. As marketing intern, I was required
to read every play. Something I wanted to do anyway. Most of the plays had
short titles like Hong Kong Dinosaur,
Home Below Zero, or even Rock Creek: Southern Gothic.