A Few Questions about Chaos Theory from Annex Theatre

Photo Ian Johnston. Drew Highlands, Evelyn Dehais, Keiko Green, and Jana Hutchison.
Photo Dangerpants Photography. Drew Highlands, Evelyn Dehais, Keiko Green, and Jana Hutchison.

Annex Theatre sent me some questions regarding Chaos Theory – a play seeking order. Here’s some of the  endearing snark I served up.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Like where you’re from? Why you wanted to be playwright and how it all came to be?

I’m from Middle Tennessee originally, in a conservative hamlet called Franklin, where I confusedly returned post-college to work as a Borders bookseller,  because I didn’t know what I was going to do with my degree except pull it out at dinner parties for my middle school beanie baby collection. In this dark time in Tennessee, I mostly drank whiskey secretly in my room of my parents’ house and straightened books on shelves and talked to a bunch of conservative Christians during the 2008 elections about how it’s not that they hate gay people they just didn’t want to be around them (whoops). So yeah. After a year of that nonsense, I moved to Seattle, started touching myself again, and wrote some plays – mostly about the end of the world.

What inspired you to write Chaos Theory?

People don’t make much sense in a way that makes sense – does that make sense? We’re predatory about weird things (like the chair we sit in every day and milk). Most of us enjoy feeling altered (drugs, booze, etc.). And we define our realities by the people who surround us. So what happens when the people who make us who we are go away, or start slipping away for no discernible reason? Chaos, baby. Chaos. And I was reading Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku so the story just started falling into place.

Without giving too much away can you give us a little snippet of what the show is about?

A group of friends start to build a machine. Or, maybe they’re going crazy. Who’s to say? Stuff happens. Stuff doesn’t happen. Sex. Dopplegangers. People who don’t know how to talk about their feelings try to talk about their feelings. Maybe things get cold.

Do you have a favorite character? If so who and why?

It changes for me pretty regularly, and not just because the cast does such a good job of embodying them. I don’t know. Seth is the one who says funny things and people don’t really hear him. I identify with him a lot. I call this the Fozzie principle. Frannie is the one who throws herself into her work instead of dealing with (at least one) reality. And Bach. Yup. Bach’s my favorite. The funniest best friend with the amazing ability to pick up women with a single wink. Yeah. Bach’s the best.

What made you decide to propose this play at Annex in particular?  

Annex seemed like the best home for it. I didn’t have a director at the time that I proposed it, but I wanted to show the play to Annex because I saw the type of work that they were doing and I wanted to be a part of it, even if it wouldn’t be for another year. As luck would have it, Pamala really connected with the script and Annex took me on. No waiting. It was the most awesome phone call to get.

What is your favorite food and why?

I fucking love Mexican food. I live next to the Rancho Bravo Taco Truck in Wallingford. I’m a regular. They see me coming. They know. We share knowing winks. When I first moved to Seattle, I lived next to Paseo. I still have dreams about those sandwiches.

Chaos Theory opens on April 18th (that’s only a week away) and runs through May 17th. I’d love for you to be there. Get tickets.

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