Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Spotlight On...Alexander Wolff
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Education: Midwood High !
Why theater?: Its history, its reality, it's in New York.
What inspired you to write plays?: The film version of Herb Gardiner's play A Thousand Clowns, even though at the time I wasn't sure what a "play" was. I recently saw it again on YouTube, and theater-wise I must have been a very smart kid.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Naturalistic plays in naturalistic settings. I find it very exciting that a compelling story can come from such a limited canvas, and from the writers POV, it is wonderfully challenging.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Mike Nichols.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: The Realistic Joneses, with that extraordinary cast.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Michael Caine, "Billion Dollar Brain 2"
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: It must be very guilty indeed because I have completely blacked it out.
What’s the most played song on your iPod?: Any song or composition in any style with a strong melodic line. "Gangsta Paradise" to John Lennon's "Imagine".
If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: Ideally, I would be a Park Ranger in Carlsbad Cavern's National Park.
What’s up next?: Writing funny plays.