NAME: Ellen Steves
HOMETOWN, COUNTRY: Colorado, USA
NAME OF THESIS PROJECT: HATE/WATCH
MENTOR: Sheila Callaghan
Can you provide me with a brief synopsis about your play or project that you are presenting as part of your thesis?
Hate/Watch is about a group of old friends who agree to participate in a documentary about addiction. When an intervention fails, they take things into their own hands.
Can you tell me a little bit about the origin of this play? Where did the idea come from? Did you work on it in class?
I was watching Intervention, and then I felt sick to my stomach. Sick because of the obvious exploitation of addicts and their families, and sick because I like it.
Who is your mentor? Why did you want them as your mentor?
Sheila Callaghan is my mentor. I chose her because I love her work, and she has created a life in which she can write for television and write for the stage, without having to sacrifice either. She is also just the coolest lady around town.
Is there a question that your play is asking, or that you were seeking to answer when you started writing this play?
Nope. I just want to torture some people.
What has been most challenging about this process?
Plays are a joy to write. I’ve been having a great time!
What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
In ten years, I will be 38. I hope to be a workaholic.
Anything else you would like to say?
Everything is a mess. I don’t know what’s real and what’s entertainment anymore.
Ellen Steves is a member of boom!, a production company located in bedstuy, brooklyn. www.boomtheater.com