Ginna Hoben is a professional actor/playwright based out of NYC. Her new play, No Spring Chicken, debuts at NextStop Theatre on September 24, 2015. She has toured all over the country and has extensive classical credits. Ginna is the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas, a one-women holiday comedy that has been performed at theaters around the world. Her play Good Ones was recently named a finalist for The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s 2015 Heideman Award. Originally from Ohio, Ginna has equal adoration for running and red wine.
Why are you a playwright?
In an age of technology, it’s an opportunity to experience art and storytelling with real people. Live art builds and fosters community, communication, conversation, and personal connection. I love text messaging and television and social media, but only when they are balanced by real people and conversations in life and on stage.
What type of theatre most excites you?
A play that surprises and moves me. I love when I get “sucker-punched” by a moment or a phrase. Suddenly, I’m laughing or crying unexpectedly.
What starts a play moving in your imagination?
If I have an idea for a plot that I think hasn’t been told, or that I think I can craft in an original way, I’ll entertain it. If images, ideas, and dialogue start flowing, then I consider it an idea good enough to attempt!
Do you have a favorite writing place?
I mostly write at my kitchen table simply because it has the most sunlight. Wherever I am, I look for the place with the best natural light!
I like to start writing as soon as the coffee is brewed and work until I get squirrely. Then go for a jog, eat, and shower. I usually resume around 5:00 and write until I need to eat dinner. Though, since No Spring Chicken was written right after my baby was born, I wrote it almost exclusively during her naps. While the baby slept in the crook of my left arm, I dictated or typed with my right hand!
WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL
NO SPRING CHICKEN
September 19 – October 11, 2015
NextStop Theatre Company
269 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
Details and Tickets
How did you choose this play to debut at the Festival?
It was timing. While I was pregnant, I couldn’t write about anything else. Pregnancy was this shiny, glittery topic and everything else paled in comparison. It was simply the most interesting play I had in me at the time.
Which female playwrights have influenced your writing and how?
Sarah Ruhl for her beautiful and unusual worlds/characters/dialogue. Theresa Rebeck, because I always feel like she is speaking my language. Though not playwrights, I know I am heavily influenced by female comedians who are writing and performing their own material on stage and screen like Amy Shumer.
What’s missing from theatre today?
Affordable tickets. Government Backing. And I think all theatres should have a bar or café where audience and artists can go post-show and talk about what just happened onstage.
What are you working on now?
Since I’m performing it, I’m still working on No Spring Chicken! But, I’d like to write a play for my husband who is a very funny and talented actor. (Maybe I’ll write myself into it since we’ve never acted in a play together.)
Answer this: “If I weren’t a playwright, I would be … “
pretty frustrated. I think I’d just write other stuff like short stories and essays.
Anything you would like to add?
I’m always baffled and upset when I see that a theatre’s entire season excludes female playwrights, because it ignores a voice that represents half of audiences. So, it’s pretty cool to be a part of Women’s Voices. It makes me feel hopeful about my own future, and also the next generation of female playwrights. It makes me feel like there is a place for us, literally and figuratively.