NAME: Sven Bonnichsen
PROJECT: Death of the Party
I wanted to be Darth Vader when I was six. I grew up in a university town in Maine, and spent summers in the company of archaeologists. I moved to Portland in 1990 to go to Reed College… Partly because people here know how to wear the color purple. I work in animation, machining tiny metal skeletons for puppets. Theater’s a nice change of pace, because I don’t have to build my actors from scratch, or move their limbs one frame at a time.
TEN ONE-WORD ANSWERS
1. A Writer I Admire Is . . . Joss Whedon
2. My Writing Style Can Be Described As . . . Thelonius Monk Meets The Muppet Show
3. The Portland Theatre Company I’d Most Love To See This Show Produced By Is . . . Atomic Arts (Trek in the Park)
4. The Celebrity I Would Most Like To See Star In This Play On Broadway Is . . . Seth Green as Claude
5. A Portland Theatre Artist I Admire Is . . . Matt Zrebski
6. I Am Terrified Of . . . The Tickle Monster
7. I Am Obsessed With . . . Measuring time
8. The Book Currently On My Nightstand Is . . . The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (May/June issue)
9. Three Adjectives That Describe This Play Are . . . Vivacious, Bawdy, Cruel
10. In the Indie Art-House Biographical Film Of My Life, I Should Be Played By . . . Alan Cumming
FIVE QUESTIONS OF DEPTH AND SUBSTANCE
1. Tell us about your Fertile Ground Festival play.
A frolicky pansexual disco boy goes to despicable lengths trying to unlock his best friend’s untouchable heart. Claude, who thinks other people’s suffering is the height of comedy, has the power to bed anyone he wants… Anyone, that is, except Dean: Man of Mystery, and rising musical sensation. When Claude pursues clues to Dean’s past through a series of one-night-stands, unscrupulous infatuation will be punished with the romance that both monsters deserve.
Death of the Party is presented by PDX Playwrights and will play Saturday, January 22nd at 12:30pm on the mezzanine of the Portland Armory (128 NW 11th Ave). Tickets are $5.
2. How did this story come about? What inspired it?
I wanted to write a sensual romance between two men that transcends labels like “straight” and “gay.” I also wanted to write about a truly despicable, id-driven character… Villains are usually the most interesting part of a show!
3. Talk about your writing process. (How do you write? When do you write? What gets you writing?)
4. What is the most exciting/inspiring piece of theatre you’ve seen in Portland?
5. What are you up to these days when you’re not writing?