Meet the Playwrights: Ellen Steves

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13-Apr-17
In HATEWATCH, current student, Ellen Steves’ thesis play, a group of old friends agree to participate in a documentary about addiction. When an intervention fails, they take things into their own hands.

HATEWATCH will run at the Pershing Signature Center on April 27, 28, and 29th.

Steves touched on the interplay of reality, fiction, and violence, as well as the awesomeness of Shelia Callaghan. Full interview available here.


Can you tell me a little bit about the origin of this play?

I was watching [the television show] Intervention, and then I felt sick to my stomach. Sick because of the obvious exploitation of addicts and their families, and sick because I like it.


Who is your mentor? Why did you want them as your mentor?


Sheila Callaghan is my mentor. I chose her because I love her work, and she has created a life in which she can write for television and write for the stage, without having to sacrifice either. She is also just the coolest lady around town.


What would you like to be doing in 10 years?


In ten years, I will be 38. I hope to be a workaholic.


Anything else you would like to say?


Everything is a mess. I don’t know what’s real and what’s entertainment anymore.


HATEWATCH will run at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center on April 27 at 8 pm, April 28 at 2:30 pm, and April 29 at 7:30 pm. Free tickets are available here.

Ellen Steves is a founding member of boom!, a small production house/arts collective in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Her work focuses on the semiotics of performative violence. She likes to explore status and manipulation, often focusing on small micro-chasms to explore large ideas. You can find out more at www.thisisboom.com.

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