Review Fix chats with playwright Samantha Grassian, who discusses the goals and creative process of her upcoming run of Miss Peppermint in this yearâ€™s Midtown International Theatre Festival.
About Miss Peppermint:
MISS PEPPERMINT by Samantha Grassian; starring Judy Alvarez, Courtney Constantino,Â Diana Craig,Â SaraÂ Jecko, andÂ David Green. Miss Peppermint hides a dark secret, which she has never revealed to anyone, until now… (Drama) Performance Schedule: Tues 3/8, 6:00pm; Thurs 3/10, 7:15pm; Fri 3/11, 8:30pm
Review Fix: What was the inspiration for this project?
Samantha Grassian: Intergenerational relations, intercultural relations, but beyond everything, how love, or how losing your love can make someone lose everything, including their mind.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Grassian: For some reason, even before visiting it, I have always been drawn to New Orleans, where the play takes place. I had to write about it one way or another. So I did! After finally going there, I was blown away by how much of what I had imagined actually existed, it was almost as if I had been there before, in another life. I also had to do a bit of research to find a good â€œweaponâ€ for my killer.
Review Fix: What makes this different or special?
Grassian: How often to you read or see a piece about an elderly serial killer?
Review Fix: What did you learn about yourself through this process?
Grassian: That I love to research, but also, and as one of the actors of the cast put it, that I am deliciously dark. (laughter)
Review Fix: How does it feel to be a part of something like this?
Grassian: Something like the MITF festival? Amazing. Seeing your work come to life is always such an amazing feeling, and I am so grateful to the organizers of the festival for giving me this chance!â€¨â€¨Review Fix: What are your ultimate goals for this production and for the future?
Grassian: I would like to find a publisher. Iâ€™d also like to keep performing it here in New York and other places if Iâ€™m lucky.
Review Fix: What do you think your audiences will enjoy the most?
Grassian: The relationship between the two main characters, Maylis and Miss Peppermint. Or maybe the twist in the end.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Grassian: More plays.
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