Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Williams’

Fringe at 20 Profile: Douglas Williams

Posted June 7th, 2016

Name: Douglas Williams

Type of Artist: Playwright, producerD. Williams Headshot (L)

Companies: Orbiter 3, Apocalypse Club.

Fringe shows I’ve participated in:
Holly’s Dead Soldiers, 2013 – playwright
Safe Space, 2014 – playwright
@AstroJennie, 2015 – playwright

First Fringe I attended: In 2009 I was a senior at Temple University and had to see a Fringe show for a class. I decided to go to Pig Iron’s Welcome to Yuba City, which feels really lucky since I knew nothing about the show or the company. The whole thing blew my mind.

First Fringe I participated in: Holly’s Dead Soldiers was the first Fringe show I was involved in. Most memorable moment was probably Chris Davis scrambling to learn his four page monologue two days before we opened.

First show I produced/created at the Fringe: Holly’s again. In creating it I guess I would say the most memorable moment was bouncing around Bruce Walsh’s house trying to figure out how to use every room, every space, and how much dialogue could be heard when delivered from the basement . . .

The Fringiest show, venue, action, or moment I ever experienced: There was something really beautiful about seeing Go Long Big Softie in a building that was going to be torn down after the run had ended. Filling that place with art and people before it went away forever seemed like a good way to say goodbye.


Apocalypse Club (Emma Goidel, Maura Krause, Douglas Williams, Emily Acker), Image by Lindsay Ladd

A Fringe show that influenced me as an artist: Oh man so many . . .  Yuba City, Pay Up, the Adults, Underground Railroad Game. The Object Lesson is still one of the most incredible theater experiences I’ve ever had. The environment that show existed in was just so welcoming and communal.

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Bruce Walsh is Housing a Play

Posted August 2nd, 2013

It’s a long way to get your head out of your own ass, and that’s what writing and doing collaborative theater are for. These days, playwright and journalist Bruce Walsh, 36, makes a habit out of not taking himself too seriously.

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Bruce Walsh at a cafe, perhaps? Photo: Neal Santos

“I think I was the reverse, I was up my ass when I was younger, and somehow I got old and I just didn’t give a shit anymore.”

From Yardley, Bucks County, PA, Walsh has been writing theater for nearly twenty years while realizing that his more esteemed contributions seem to come from a spontaneous place.

“The theater-going public seems to be much more interested in an idea I just had than some deeper thing, like Lego Robot vs. Julia Child.”

The actual play that Walsh, Chris Davis, and Douglas Williams are writing together won’t involve going to a theater. “It’s my house. I probably wrote the piece [my part] like ten feet from where it’s being done.”

Walsh’s last two plays have focused on re-contextualizing charged spectacles into domestic situations to interesting and disarming results, mostly due to the intimate setting and the hilarious manipulation of language. Their upcoming play Holly’s Dead Soldiers is in Walsh’s Northern Liberties rowhome and Williams’s Manayunk abode, where ten feet is everything. “We like the idea of playwrights cooking for the audience and presenting their scenes, because there’s some sort of relationship between cooking for people and writing for people.”

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