10 Questions with Jeremy O. Harris

Jeremy O. Harris, writer of “Daddy” A Melodrama, fresh from his Broadway transfer of Slave Play and described as "one of the most exciting new voices of his generation" (GQ) answers 10 quickfire questions.

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Transcript

Jeremy: I don't know if I can even say this one

Q: Favourite music to listen to while you work?
Jeremy: I'll listen to Beethoven and then transition into Kelsey Lou, then transition into Radiohead then transition into Frank Ocean, then somehow there will be some Shirley Caesar and then Nicki Minaj will appear.

Q: Favourite time to write?
Jeremy: I only ever write late at night. It's actually a big issue for most people in my life.

Q: Comedy or tragedy?
Jeremy: I think that every good tragedy is a comedy and every good comedy is a tragedy.

Q: Interval or no interval?
Jeremy: I think no interval should become more of a trend in the theatre.

Q: Favourite play ever?
Jeremy: My favourite play ever is probably The Owl Answers by Adrienne Kennedy.

Q: Favourite playwright?
Jeremy: My favourite playwright is Adrienne Kennedy.

Q: Last play you say?
Jeremy: The last play I saw was Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery.

Q: Who inspires you?
Jeremy: I'm really inspired by my friend Antwaun Sargent who is an art critic for The New York Times and a lot of other places. I'm really inspired by my friend Moses Sumney who is a really amazing musician, my friend Kelsey Lou who is another amazing musican, Kelela, I'm really inspired by Aleshea Harris who is a playwright, Will Arbery, my director Danya Taymor. Oh god, I feel like I could list names forever Celine Song, Robert O'Hara, Clint Ramos. Basically anyone I've collaborated with or that I follow on Instagram I'm probably inspired by.

Q: What are you reading?
Jeremy: Right now I'm reading Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous.

Q:What news story would you turn into a play?
Jeremy: I don't know if I can even say this one.There is a story that came out in the media last year about an American actor that I want to turn into an Opera but I can't say who.