To get you ready for Now We Are Three we’ve been talking to the writers about their plays and working as a playwright.
Sarah Kosar’s Fox is the story of best friends Susan and Charlotte who have decided to become famous at sixteen – they’ve got their plan all worked out. But signing an agreement at eight years old can cause problems later on that won’t just affect their fame, but also their friendship.
What prompted you to write Fox?
Well I think it’s clear I love animal names as plays, but besides that I wanted to explore the relationship of who and what controls and influences you as a child and how long that lasts.
What do you think the audience will like about it?
The humor and the journey of the two girls. plus the fox tail!
How do you hope the piece will develop throughout the rehearsal process and its performance in Descent?
I’m really excited to work on it, because I think it will be a lot of fun and silly! I am also interested to play with the relationship of the audience and the actors.
How did you get into writing?
Well I couldn’t dance, I couldn’t sing, I couldn’t act, but it turns out I could write.
Which writers inspire you?
Lucy Prebble, David Grieg (just saw The Undoing of Prudencia Hart and it blew my mind!), Sarah Kane, Tracy Letts, and my friends that are writers. My friends that write are probably my biggest inspiration.
What’s your favourite play and why?
Enron. Theatrical perfection and a pure immersive experience. I mean it had mouseheads and raptorheads, I’ve got a headband with ears in this one!
Fox will be performed as part of Now We Are Three from 20-24 August at Southwark Playhouse. More info
Sarah Kosar is an American playwright living in London. Most recently in 2013, her play Hot Dog was produced by Decent at The Last Refuge in March and published by Playdead Press. It has also been introduced to Pennsylvania State University’s syllabus for the senior level Women in Theatre course. Sarah also had four short plays produced as part of Outlines in May at The Old Red Lion in conjunction with Reading Rep. She has also worked with The Hampstead Theatre and Roundhouse Radio on a short radio play called Hashtag. In London, Sarah has worked with The Royal Court, Arch 468, Jackson’s Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith, the BBC and the Soho Theatre. Sarah was featured in a showcase for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition. Her work has also been performed in the Netherlands at Orange Tea Theatre, where she works as a Literary Associate. Sarah has also worked with Theatre Centre and the Hampstead Theatre as a part of Skylines, a programme for playwrights wanting to write for young audiences. In the USA, Sarah’s first play, PHYLLIS, was selected and published for The Cultural Conversations Festival. She is currently working on a new play called Armadillo for the Royal Court Theatre Studio Writing Group.