Interview with the Playwrights: Sean O’Shea


Where do you get your inspiration from? 
Moments and things in life that stir emotion inside me.
Have you had any of your plays staged before?
I wrote and Directed “The Devil Tree” for the Boo! themed SPF last October. It was an incredible experience. It was a project that I was very passionate about. I was lucky to work with fantastic and smart actors as well. We wound up winning the audience vote for “Best Play” for our week in the festival and it was the icing on the cake. I am currently working on several “sequels” as part of an anthology series all centered around the Devil Tree and its legends.
What is your favorite writing companion?
Bud Lite
What’s your favorite part of the process?
Working with the actors, and bringing the words off the page and into life
Do you identify with any of your characters in your play?
This was a very personal and difficult piece for me to write because it is so out of my comfort zone. Its subject matter is very personal and I struggled to make the dialogue sound as real as possible. I don’t think there’s anything fancy in my piece. It is just two passionate lovers fighting one another because they each think they are right and have been wronged by the other. The specific inspiration for “Different Stops” came from me witnessing a quarrel between a couple late one night on the subway, as well as fights I have been a part of in my life. I connect with both of my characters because they are both right and they are both real people.
If you could be a character in any play, who would you want to be?
I’ve always loved Shakespeare, and one show I never got to do was Romeo and Juliet. I’d love to play Romeo. or Tom from “The Glass Menagerie”
If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be? 
A Tablespoon. Or a Butcher Knife because I like horror… 
What playwright (or Author) inspired you? 
I’m more influenced by screenwriters than playwrights. Adam Green is one of my favorite Writers/Directors
What was the seminal moment in your life that led you to playwrighting? 
My girlfriend forwarding The Player’s Theatre’s notice about the Boo! themed festival last fall and telling me I should write something and submit it.
What advice would you give other aspiring playwrights?
Focus on telling a good story, and put your heart into it.
Do you consider yourself an adult? 
I just turned 28, but I feel like a 21 year old.
Is your love better than Aliens tonight? 
Man do I have stories for you…
Do you have a zombie preparedness plan?
I try to do a lot of cardio, and since I’m a huge horror fan, I have a fair amount of knowledge on the subject.
If you were a mythical creature what would you be?
I think being a Hydra from Greek Mythology would be pretty badass.
What is faster than a galloping unicorn? 
Hopefully the creature being chased by the galloping unicorn…
What’s your favorite word?
Fuck. Because fuck you. Also, Antidisinstablishmentarianism.
What’s your least favorite word?