12 May #SmelterSpeak – Interview with Playwright Eli Chilton
For #PlaySmelter 2017, we’re interviewing some of the great actors, writers, designers, producers, and key creatives involved in building our annual festival of new work.
Eli Chilton is a Playwright. His newest play “The Sandcastle“, is receiving a staged reading at PlaySmelter Festival. He lives and works in the community of Moose Factory, with his wife and three children. He is currently working at the John R. Delaney Youth Centre, as a radio DJ/producer and youth worker. Along with being a dramatist with the completion of The SandCastle, he is a poet, who has poems published in the Poetry Institute of Canada’s national book competition. He is also an avid photographer, outdoorsman, and a qualified cook.
1. What are you looking forward to most with respect to the staged readings? How do you think it might contribute to the ongoing development of The Sandcastle?
I am most looking forward to hearing the words of the play spoken aloud.
2. An elderly couple as the main characters in a play is somewhat uncommon, but it you use it to set up an intriguing ambiguity: is Elsa’s condition a form of wisdom? Or sickness? Aging makes us access our bodies differently, interpret the world differently through our changed bodies. At least, this is where my thoughts go when reading about your play, but is age significant to you in the way you’ve written The Sandcastle?
Age, in The Sandcastle, is a hugely significant factor.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about what it’s like to work as an artist in Moose Factory?
Working as an artist in Moose Factory is both challenging and freeing for the simple reason that Moose Factory is a small and remote community.
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